DNC’s Donna Brazile: Sanctions not enough for Russian ‘attacks on the United States’

The Democratic National Committee, a major victim of Russia’s hacking this year, stopped short of endorsing President Obama‘s sanctions against Russia on Thursday. Instead, the Democratic organization said in addition to the president’s expelling 35 diplomats, “more must be done.”

“These intrusions were not just ‘hacks.’ They were attacks on the United States by a foreign power and should be treated as such. Therefore, today’s action alone by the White House is insufficient,” DNC Interim Chair Donna Brazile said.

Brazile, who replaced Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz after leaked emails showed collusion with Hillary Clinton against primary opponent Bernie Sanders, called on President-elect Trump and the Republican-led Congress to lead the charge against Russia.

“Historically, when a foreign government attacked our country, Republicans and Democrats put partisanship aside and stood together to protect the American people,” Brazile said. “They can start by creating a select committee to investigate the Russian hacking.”

Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and John McCain of Arizona have butted heads with Trump on the Russian hacking. While Trump has repeatedly urged the country to move on, the GOP hawks have led the charge to investigate the Russian government’s role in the hacking.

Last week, Graham and McCain partnered with Democratic Sens. Chuck Schumer of New York and Jack Reed of Rhode Island to call for an investigative panel to look into allegations that Russia tried to manipulate the U.S. election by hacking into Democratic officials and groups’ email servers.

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