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Congress could play 'extremely important' role in Russian hack probe

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US intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia intervened in the recent presidential election in an attempt to influence the outcome in favor of Donald Trump. SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

After news broke Friday that the CIA had assessed Russia intervened in the presidential election to favor Donald Trump, top-ranking senators from both parties called for an investigation.

"Congress has an extremely important role to play using its investigative powers to get to the bottom of what happened," said Jack Lerner, professor of law at the University of California, Irvine and director of the Intellectual Property, Arts, and Technology Clinic.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he supported an investigation into Russian meddling in the election. On Sunday the Democratic leader in the Senate Chuck Schumer joined Republican John McCain in calling for an investigation.

President-elect Trump called the allegations "ridiculous" in an interview with Fox News' Chris Wallace that aired Sunday night.

"It's an incredibly chilling, scary time when we have a lot of evidence here that Russia really was involved in trying to swing this election," Lerner said.

To listen to the full interview, click on the blue media player above.

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