McCain, Graham call for greater sanctions against Russian Federation

Obama has been outspoken in recent months in his assertion that the Russian government led hacking efforts to influence the outcome of the 2016 race

"Six months ago, I publicly came out and said that this was the biggest intelligence failure since 9/11, was our failure to understand Putin's plans and intentions", Nunes told "Fox News Sunday". On Fox News Sunday, Trump's incoming chief of staff ReincePreibus explained that Trump "accepts the fact that this particular case was entities in Russian Federation", but he did not reference whether Trump believes that Putin directed these hacks. "It will take a lot more than what we heard on television today to make Putin cool it", the expert added.

Weirdest of all was Trump's embrace this week of Julian Assange, the head of WikiLeaks and a person many USA officials, Republican and Democrat, see as having damaged US national security by leaking classified documents about almost every area of foreign policy. He approvingly tweeted Assange's claim that US media coverage was "very dishonest" and added: "More dishonest than anyone knows".

Russian Federation says it is "tired" of "baseless allegations" by Washington that Moscow meddled in the 2016 United States presidential election.

One of the most remarkable aspects of the breathless headlines over the last few months about Russian hackers targeting the U.S. is that so much of it has centered on whether said hackers could have influenced the USA presidential election and whether their intent was merely to sow distrust in the electoral system or whether they were focused on trying to get Donald Trump elected.

"It is an appropriate way to end eight years of failed policy with Russia", Ryan said in a statement, according to the Washington Post. The report was produced by the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Security Agency. "This publication did not add any substance for comments", he said.

Trump's post-election line on Russian hacking has been to blame USA intelligence agencies and the news media.

"To my Republican friends who are gleeful, you are making a huge mistake", Graham said during an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press" in which he was joined by Arizona Sen.

"We're going to give President Trump an opportunity to make Russian Federation pay a price for interfering in our elections", said Graham.

President Barack Obama says he told Donald Trump he needs to trust the intelligence community. He said in a series of tweets Sunday that it wasn't bad to have a relationship with Russian Federation. And they demonstrated it by trying to mess around in our election.

This is not unusual for administrations to want to work with Putin. "The effect of these disclosures was hugely beneficial to the President-Elect and damaging to the Clinton campaign, just as the Russians intended".

"I think that what is true is that the Russians meant to meddle and they meddled", President Obama told George Stephanopoulos in an exclusive interview that will air on This Week Sunday.

On whether he underestimated Putin: "I don't think I underestimated him, but I think that I underestimated the degree to which, in this new information age, it is possible for misinformation, for cyberhacking and so forth, to have an impact on our open societies, our open systems, to insinuate themselves into our democratic practices".