Sen. John Cornyn: Russian Meddling Did Not Change Outcome of 2016 Election: ‘It Would Be Like Spitting into a Raging Ocean’

Melanie Arter | July 16, 2018 | 9:32pm EDT
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( - Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday that last week’s indictments of 12 Russian intelligence officers for hacking the computers of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in an attempt to interfere in the 2016 election did not affect the outcome of the election.

“Well, Russia's long been engaged in trying to undermine confidence in our democracy. It's just that they have -- their game has now risen to the point where they actually had an impact. Obviously, we wouldn't be talking about this if they didn't have an impact, and so we better wake up, because this is a warning shot for our next elections, and we better be ready,” Cornyn said when asked whether he considered it an act of war.

“On the other hand, I agree with my friend Trey Gowdy and Jonathan Turley, who wrote a piece recently, who said this didn't have an impact in the -- in terms of the outcome of the election. It would be like spitting into a raging ocean,” he said.

“But this is serious, and I agree that Russians did meddle in our elections, and we better be prepared for the next time. But, again, there is no indication that it had an outcome -- changed the outcome of the election,” Cornyn added.

When asked whether President Donald Trump is taking it seriously enough, Cornyn said, “I think the president is doing what you said earlier, which is conflating the meddling investigation with the investigation into potential collusion, for which there has been no evidence revealed so far. And I think it's personal to him, because he feels like he is under attack, and, of course, he is. The politics of this are very tempting to our friends across the aisle.

“But I think he's conflating those two, as are a number over people, and we need to keep those separate. Yes, the Russians did meddle. Number two, did any American involved collude with them? And so far, there is no evidence,” Cornyn added.

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