Why David Perdue hasn’t joined the call for a probe into Russian hacking

Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) speaks to reporters at Trump Tower on Dec. 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) speaks to reporters at Trump Tower on Dec. 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

U.S. Sen. David Perdue has stayed curiously silent over the last week as many of his Senate colleagues have called for a new probe into possible Russian interference in last month’s election.

Our friend Denis O’Hayer over at WABE managed to pin down the freshman Republican on the topic yesterday. Perdue, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he wanted more information before he’d back such an inquiry:

“I understand the frustration of some of my colleagues and that’s sort of a go-to when they feel like they want more information. The CIA has a lot of information about that, so does NSA, so before I support another probe like that I’d like to know more about what those guys already have.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said two of the chamber’s committees will investigate CIA allegations that Russia directed hackers to help Donald Trump and hurt Hillary Clinton in last month’s election.

That puts the GOP-led Senate and Trump at odds with one another, since the president-elect has tried to play down Russia’s motives.

Perdue, a prominent Trump backer, said it is “very troubling” that a foreign country tried to interfere in the country’s political system but said he did not think it had “any material impact on the election.”

Georgia’s other GOP senator, Johnny Isakson, said earlier this week that he would back an Intelligence Committee-led investigation.

Georgia Democrats, meanwhile, have stepped up the pressure on Perdue to demand an inquiry.

“Democrats strongly urge members of Georgia’s congressional delegation to join the call for the establishment of an independent, bi-partisan commission to investigate the full extent and scope of Russia’s interference in the election,” said party chair DuBose Porter. “The gravity of this threat to our security is above politics and action must be taken immediately.”

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None of this adds up.”

That’s what Secretary of State Brian Kemp told WGAU’s Tim Bryant this morning in drawing a line between a cyber threat against Georgia’s elections network and a Department of Homeland Security computer. The agency has denied any attempt to penetrate Georgia’s protected systems.

Kemp suggested that it could be linked to Georgia’s decision to block the DHS from performing security checks of the state election system in August.

“Were they doing this to try to show that they could break into our systems to show that we needed their help? I don’t know.”

He added: “I know how frustrated citizens get getting the government runaround. And that’s what I feel like we are getting right now. We have more questions than answers.”

Read our AJC colleague Aaron Gould Sheinin’s story about the latest developments in the inquiry here.

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State Sen. Judson Hill, the only announced Republican in the race to replace U.S. Rep. Tom Price, won the endorsement of another GOP leader who once represented the suburban Atlanta district.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich endorsed the Cobb Republican on his Facebook page, saying he has the “kind of proven conservative leadership Georgia needs.”

At least a half-dozen Republicans are considering joining the race, but most are in the densely-populated north Fulton stretch of the district – leaving Hill to try to consolidate Cobb for himself.

That could change, though, if John Isakson Jr. – the son of the U.S. senator – enters the race.

On the same note, Isakson Jr.’s name has popped up again, this time in an Instagram poll that a loyal reader sent our way.

Earlier this month, a robocall suggesting his candidacy hit answering machines across the district.

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Anastasia B Verhausen
Anastasia B Verhausen

Russia has only released dirt on the DNC just imagine how much Putin has on the GOP that is keeping them in line. We will shortly become a territory of Russia with trump as our overlord.

Renay Harrell
Renay Harrell

Making sure Sonny get in the cabinet. Two years hmmm

John Lewis
John Lewis

Russia should be banned from the internet and birther Trump should be banned from twitter...

John Lewis
John Lewis

Do David Perdue and Sonny Perdue have business ventures in Putin's bolshevik Russia ??? Commie pinkos...

Gabriele Bernhard
Gabriele Bernhard

Because he knows it was Obama and his Goons. No reason to investigate the Russians or anybody or anything else.

Chris Avers
Chris Avers

Because it is a lie. All you have to do is look at who is pushing the story. It's fake news!!

Gunluvr
Gunluvr

He hasn't said anything because nothing happened outside of the paranoid and delusional minds of libs and the lamestream media.

Junelle Lewis
Junelle Lewis

Trump is not the most favorite person in Washington, as they are now trying to undermine him even more before he takes office. A new scandal is now shaking in D.C. and is related to “Republicans in name only” or “RINOs.” These leaked emails (an email from John Podesta to Huma Abedin) by WikiLeaks is filed under the number 1078645, and contains a shocking revelation about some Republicans who turned their back on Trump. This email was first sent in the beginning of July, and according to the Conservative Daily Post, it shows how certain funds went from Clinton’s campaign to the Super PACS of Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina, and John Kasich. Read for yourself: “JB, CF, and JK PACS will be noticeably silent for the rest of the campaign. Each will receive a significant allowance from advertising budget. HRC is in the loop and has talked to all three personally. Eyes only.” The email came to light before Speaker of the House Paul Ryan refused to speak at a Trump’s event in Wisconsin. In the other emails, the money is shown to be moved to Republican elected officials in the House and Senate. As the FEC reports showed, two major donations from October were transferred from PACS to John McCain, upon his attack towards Trump. This all occurred after a bunch of emails showed that money transfers to support one candidate and move support from another happened. Afterwards, Kirkpatrick lost several key donors and money. With this, the support for the DNC and the DSCC decreased. Just as information, McCain represents the main sponsor of a committee in charge of investigating the Russian involvement in the elections. One of Trump’s nemesis is also Senator Lindsay Graham also got help from the Clintons. One email reads, “Cleared the road for him in 2020,”meaning there will be no Democrat in the South Carolina Senate race, after Graham gets re-election. Graham also pointed out the Russian involvement in the elections vocally. Plenty of other politicians went after Trump as well. And this is nothing but a pure act of revenge. Since the emails were plenty, there is no way of learning who works for the Clintons and against trump at the same time. We can only hope that the IRS comes out with clear proof and stop the Clintons once and for all. The Clintons could not make up a worse plot to destroy Trump when they spoke of Russia and its meddling in the elections.

Polly Walden
Polly Walden

Because being from a state with alot of livestock in it he knows BS when he smells it

Sandy Traub
Sandy Traub

Stay focused on what is and can be instead of what was!

James Devere
James Devere

No voting machines were connected to the internet. No internet connection= no hacking. Maybe he's smart enough to realize that. "Elections have consequences",Democrats. He won,get over it.

Deidre Turner
Deidre Turner

All Republican run POOR STATES. INCLUDING GEORGIA.WITH BACK WOODS WIDE SPREAD POVERTY

Ryan L. Bays
Ryan L. Bays

The number of people on this thread who value partisan politics over national security and the integrity of the democratic process is shocking.

Willie Weatherspoon
Willie Weatherspoon

Treason is a crime against the country. CALL TO ACTION : The CIA has determined that RUSSIA-PUTIN interfered in the election to help Donald Trump. The FBI finally agreed. Trump should not be sworn in. Email, call DO 202 353 1555 or 202 514 2000. HOUSE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE 202 225 5074, and demand an immediate investigation into Comey interference in the election. Trump's illegal activities, Russian ties, and numerous conflicts of interest b4 the inauguration.

Jacqueline Simmons
Jacqueline Simmons

Maybe because he knows it was the Democrats which is now being reported. As always the Democrats steal and cheat ..I thought it was hilarious that the recounts actually showed that More Democrats Voted than what lives in the states...Guess those Dead people got on up out of those coffins and voted again !

Glenn Lucas
Glenn Lucas

Jacqueline Simmons , are you saying that it is alright for Russia to affect the U.S. entirely Democracy?? And for the Republican Party to spend $7 million of the tax payers dollars to investigate some dam e-mails??? Then OUCH, it's must hurt!!!

Al Toth
Al Toth

Does it hurt to be as stupid as you are?

Shelly Eigen
Shelly Eigen

Try Homeland Security, hon...it wasn't the Democrats...it's being investigated right now -- proof is there that they hacked into Georgia...looking for what? Who knows...but they all have the capability since we (as a Nation) have deplorable security...sad.

Jacqueline Simmons
Jacqueline Simmons

Al Toth Stupid is a matter of Opinion. I choose not to accept yours and you do not have to accept mine. So you tell me ..Does Stupid Hurt ?

Jacqueline Simmons
Jacqueline Simmons

No I am not saying that. It is my understanding that now there is reports that the hacking was done by Dems by order of Obama. So do we believe unhappy losers of the election? Do we believe these reports ( which I read on CNN) ? Do we believe other reports that say no hacking took place? What I am saying is at this time there seems to be reports from every place and I don't think believing in any of them at this time is the right thing to do. Way too much dishonesty in America

Deborah Johnson
Deborah Johnson

Russia didn't hack! Assange said himself it came from an inside source.

Megan McCollough
Megan McCollough

You believe Assange over our own intelligence agencies??!!

Debbie Mathis
Debbie Mathis

Maybe because Russia didn't hack , maybe it was the DNC that did all the hacking !!! The liberals & Hillary will say anything ....lies lies lies Where Is The Proof ??? there is no proof !!! Trump 2017 Wake Up ...

Bill Morrow
Bill Morrow

perhaps the dems need to define "hacking" as it relates to whatever they're fulminating about.. if the russians DID reveal the podesta emails, then than you russia for revealing just how corrupt the dems are.. memo to bernie sanders, next time choose the socialist party..

Megan McCollough
Megan McCollough

If you want to believe Assange over our own intelligence agencies you are part of the problem.

Steve Dalton
Steve Dalton

Bill you been sucking on that motorcycle exhaust pipe again.

AJ Roth
AJ Roth

How to overthrow the Untied States --- discredit the free press that exposes corruption and undermine trust in the intelligence agencies designed to alert the nation to foreign threats. Done and done. Congratulations, citizens, you have just been handed over to communist Russia and the KGB leader.

Bill Morrow
Bill Morrow

steve.. one might ask what you have been sucking on..? one thing for sure, committed leftists never seem to see the light of reality..

Jane Scroggins
Jane Scroggins

Probably considers it a waste of time! Seem that should be the FBIs job --- oh yeah-- guess the couldn't find Hillary's emails so ....

Greg O'Driscoll
Greg O'Driscoll

No matter where you fall on the political spectrum the matter bears looking into. Lack of curiosity doesn't betoken anything untoward, but doesn't say much for the man's interest in making informed decisions.

Patricia Baker Charles
Patricia Baker Charles

He and his GOP members don't want to know unless they are forced into finding out!

George Heard
George Heard

Some people believe everything the government says I don't trust the FBI or CIA and I damn sure don't trust the Obama administration the administration of LIARS!!

Jerry Boyd
Jerry Boyd

Maybe he's not an idiot like the rest.

Megan McCollough
Megan McCollough

Oh so he would believe a story like Pizzagate and not this??!!

Bill Shields
Bill Shields

Craig Murray, a former British ambassador turned whistleblower on British government collusion in torture, has said he personally received the leaked emails on behalf of Wikileaks. The data came, he said, not from Russian security agencies, or even from freelance Russian hackers, but from a disillusioned Democratic party insider. Russia experts in the US have similarly discounted the anti-Putin claims, as have former US intelligence agents http://dissidentvoice.org/2016/12/clintons-defeat-and-the-fake-news-conspiracy/

Natalie Maxwell
Natalie Maxwell

He's another Republican that puts party before country. This is not a partisan issue, it's an American issue.

Ed Helton
Ed Helton

Maybe he is as sorry as trump?