Media Advisory: Excerpts from NPR News Interview with Senator John McCain In an interview airing tomorrow on Morning Edition, NPR's Steve Inskeep talks with Senator John McCain about a CIA report that Russian meddled in the U.S. presidential election.

Media Advisory: Excerpts from NPR News Interview with Senator John McCain

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Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., in Phoenix.

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Monday, December 12, 2016; Washington, D.C. – In an interview airing tomorrow on Morning Edition, NPR's Steve Inskeep talks with Senator John McCain about a CIA report that Russia meddled in the U.S. presidential election.

A portion of their conversation aired on NPR's Here & Now and NPR's All Things Considered.

Stations and broadcast times are available at NPR.org/stations

Some excerpts from the extended conversation are available below.

When asked his level of concern over the Russian threat to the US, McCain said; "I think that Vladimir Putin is playing a weak hand with great intelligence and very cleverly. I think that when you look at what he's been able to do in the last eight years, it's almost astounding."

When asked about the value of regular intelligence briefings which Donald Trump has refused, McCain said; "I think it's important for the president of the United States to be aware of the intelligence information that we have. There have been times in our history, which he and others are quick to point out, such as weapons of mass destruction. But overall, our intelligence services have, over time, have been generally mostly accurate...But I'm not in the mood to tell the president of the United States what he should and shouldn't do. I'm just not going to do that."

When asked about the Congressional investigation into Russia's meddling in the U.S. Presidential election, McCain said; "The reason why we need some hearings and the [reason] we need some investigation is to determine whether there was an intent to affect the free and fair election in the United States upon which our democracy depends."

When asked if there was any doubt Russia was behind the hack of the DNC, McCain said; "I don't think there was any doubt about that, that it was Russian, and it could've been others."

When asked about possible Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson's business dealings in Russia; McCain said:
"Is it strictly business? That it's OK if we do business with people who butcher and murder and commit acts of destruction the way that Vladimir Putin has? I think these are legitimate questions. I have concerns about what kind of business we do with a butcherer, a murderer, and a thug. And that's exactly what Vladimir Putin is."

Audio and transcript will be available on NPR.org tomorrow. Rush transcript available upon request.

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