US Looks Into Possible Russian Interference in U.S. Election
After years of political disputes, President Barack Obama and top United States congressional leaders have found something on which they can agree.
The two sides believe there should be an official investigation of suspected Russian attacks on American computers and whether they influenced the 2016 presidential election.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, have expressed support for such an investigation.
"The Russians are not our friends," McConnell said.
Ryan said an investigation by the House should not make anyone question Donald Trump's victory in the presidential election. But Ryan said foreign interference in a U.S. election is "entirely unacceptable." He called possible involvement by Russia "especially problematic."
On Monday, Obama said he had ordered a complete examination of possible Russian cyberattacks.
"The reason I have called for a review is really to just gather all the threads of the investigations, the intelligence work that has been done over many months so that the public and our elected representatives going forward can find ways to prevent this kind of interference from having an impact on the elections in the future."
Obama spoke on the Comedy Central television program, The Daily Show.
The Central Intelligence Agency found that Russia interfered late in the election campaign to help Trump win the presidency. Trump has dismissed that CIA report.
Experts said Russians attacked the computer systems of both the Republican and Democratic Party national committees. But they say the Russians targeted embarrassing emails involving the Democrats and their presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton. These emails were given to the Wikileaks organization, which published them on its website.
Democrats in Congress want to study the possibility of Russian involvement in the election separate from the investigation ordered by the president.
Delaware Senator Chris Coons is a Democrat. Coons told VOA he is happy that congressional leaders from both parties have called for both public and private investigations.
"I've heard evidence that convinces me that at the highest level the Russian government was directly involved in trying to influence the outcome of our election," Coons said. "I think it is a shocking action by the Russian government and something that deserves close consideration, action and response."
Coons also said that the reports of Russian involvement in the election raise "questions about President-elect Trump's ties to Russia because he refused to ever disclose his taxes during the course of the campaign."
Earlier this week, Democratic Senators Benjamin Cardin, Dianne Feinstein and Patrick Leahy called for the creation of an independent investigation.
Trump has suggested the Democrats only want an investigation because they are unhappy that he won the election.
Trump has repeatedly praised Russian President Vladimir Putin. Some members of the U.S. intelligence community believe Trump does not understand that Russia is a threat to U.S. national security.
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1.political disputes 政治分歧
The move is expected to ease tensions in one of asia's most contentious political disputes.
2.presidential election 总统选举
Neither of the front-runners in the presidential election is a mainstream politician.
3.foreign interference 外国干涉
The President took the opportunity to hit out at what he sees as foreign interference.
4.national security 国家安全
He was not seen as a risk to national security.
1.the intelligence work that has been done over many months so that the public and our elected representatives going forward can find ways to prevent this kind of interference from having an impact on the elections in the future."
going forward 向前；前进
We'll keep going forward.
I could not see this project going forward without you.
2.Democrats in Congress want to study the possibility of Russian involvement in the election separate from the investigation ordered by the president.
separate from 分离
Business bank accounts were kept separate from personal ones.
We are miserable because we feel separate from God or the universe.
参议院多数党领袖米歇尔·麦康奈尔（Mitch McConnell）和众议院议长保罗·瑞恩（Paul Ryan）皆支持这项调查 。
瑞恩称，众议院的调查不应引起民众质疑川普的胜选，但他表示，外国势力干预美国大选“决不能容忍” 。他称俄罗斯干涉的可能性将更为严重 。
中央情报局发现，在美国大选后期，俄罗斯出手干预大选并帮川普赢得大选 。川普对中情局这份报告不予理睬 。
专家表示，俄罗斯攻击了共和党和民主党全国委员会的计算机系统 。但是他们指出，俄罗斯针对的是民主党及其总统候选人希拉里·克林顿有关的私人邮件 。这些邮件被泄露后，维基解密立刻在网站上公布了这些邮件内容 。
特拉华州参议员克里斯·孔斯（Chris Coons）是民主党人 。他对美国之音表示，他很高兴国会两党领导人都支持进行公开和秘密调查 。
孔斯表示，“有证据表明，俄罗斯政府直接干预意欲影响美国大选结果 。我认为俄罗斯政府的这一举动令人震惊，值得我们密切关注、采取行动并作出回应 。”
本周一早，民主党参议员班杰明·卡丁（Benjamin Cardin）、黛安·范斯坦（Dianne Feinstein）以及帕特里克·莱希（Patrick Leahy）呼吁进行一项独立调查 。
川普再三表达了对俄罗斯总统普京的赞赏 。美国情报界的人员认为，川普没有意识到俄罗斯是美国国家安全的一大威胁 。