BREAKING: Republicans Announce They Will Investigate President Obama’s Role In Russian Hacking


US Republican Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, asks a question of US Secretary of State John Kerry as he testifies before the Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, April 8, 2014.  Kerry warned Tuesday that Russia was sending agents into eastern Ukraine to "create chaos" that the Kremlin could use as a pretext for more military intervention. "Everything that we've seen in the last 48 hours, from Russian provocateurs and agents operating in eastern Ukraine, tells us that they've been sent there determined to create chaos," Kerry told US lawmakers.  AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

The GOP-controlled Senate Foreign Relations Committee will dig into the Obama administration’s response to Russian hacking.

The committee — overseen by Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) — will hold a closed-door briefing with administration officials on Thursday.

Victoria Nuland, an assistant secretary of State; Gentry Smith, the director of the State Department’s foreign missions office; and Danny Toler, a deputy assistant secretary at the Department of Homeland Security will brief lawmakers, according to a notice from the committee.

 The Obama administration announced a slate of economic sanctions late last month targeting the GRU and the FSB, two of Russia’s main intelligence organizations, as well as four individual GRU officers, three companies that provided support to the GRU and six individuals implicated in the campaign.

Corker and congressional aides said late last year that the committee would probe allegations of Russian hacking, as well as a broader review of the U.S.-Moscow relationship.

“We are going to systematically walk through the entire Russia issue and fully understand what has transpired,” Corker told CNN at the time.

According to the committee, the administration has so far refused to provide witnesses for a public hearing.

Read in full on The Hill: GOP panel to probe Obama response to Russian hacking


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