Republican Arizona Senator John McCain says the idea of Russians hacking into U.S. affairs is nothing new, while Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway defends comments from the President-elect in which he said the notion that Moscow hacked the election was ''ridiculous.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. Republican Arizona Senator John McCain and Senior advisor to Donald Trump, Kellyanne Conway, weighed in on Sunday (Dec. 11) on allegations that Russia hacked the November U.S. presidential election to swing the vote in favor of Trump. "The Russians have interfered in a lot of other elections. The Russians have hacked into some of our most secret military information. The Russians have been active, using as a tool, as part of Vladimir Putin's ambition to regain Russian prominence," McCain told the CBS Face the Nation program. U.S. intelligence analysts have concluded that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help President-elect Donald Trump win the White House. The agencies assessed that as the presidential campaign progressed, Russian government officials devoted increasing attention to assisting Trump's effort to win the election, a U.S. official familiar with the finding told Reuters on Friday, speaking on condition of anonymity. Conway, also appearing on Face the Nation, defended comments made by Trump earlier on Sunday on Fox News, where he called the assessment by intelligence agencies that Russia intervened in the presidential election on his behalf through targeted hacking "ridiculous." "I think the president-elect's point is that the conclusion all are making, some are making here, that the interference went to affecting the election result to try to defeat Hillary Clinton, that's what he's calling 'ridiculous'," she said.