Republicans vow to 'go after Russia' for its alleged interference in US elections

Republican lawmakers say they are determined to find out what role Russia may have played in the 2016 US elections.

Despite the Republican Party's huge wins across the board — including President-elect Donald Trump's upset victory against Democrat Hillary Clinton — some in the GOP say a full accounting of Russia's alleged involvement is needed.

Senators John McCain of Arizona and Lindsay Graham of South Carolina are among the leading voices in that effort.

"See, the problem with hacking is that if they're able to disrupt elections, then it's a national security issue, obviously," McCain told The Washington Post in an interview on Russia's possible involvement.

Graham said of Russia, "They'll keep doing more here until they pay a price." The Post said Graham plans to hold investigative hearings next year on Russia's global "misadventures."

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BEIJING, CHINA - NOVEMBER 10: U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) attend a family photo ceremony during the APEC Leaders meeting November 10, 2014 in Beijing, China. The APEC Summit hosted 1500 economic leaders in Beijing to deliberate key issues facing the Asia-Pacific economy. (Photo by Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images)
SAINT PETERSBURG - SEPTEMBER 05: U.S. President Barack Obama (R) greets Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit on September 5, 2013 in St. Petersburg, Russia. The G20 summit is expected to be dominated by the issue of military action in Syria while issues surrounding the global economy, including tax avoidance by multinationals, will also be discussed during the two-day summit. (Photo by Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images)
Russias President Vladimir Putin (L) walks past US President Barack Obama as he arrives to pose for the family photo during the G20 summit on September 6, 2013 in Saint Petersburg. World leaders at the G20 summit on Friday failed to bridge their bitter divisions over US plans for military action against the Syrian regime, with Washington signalling that it has given up on securing Russia's support at the UN on the crisis. AFP PHOTO / JEWEL SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
ENNISKILLEN, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 18: Leaders (L-R) Russia's President Vladimir Putin, Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, US President Barack Obama stand for the 'family' group photograph at the G8 venue of Lough Erne on June 18, 2013 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The two day G8 summit, hosted by UK Prime Minister David Cameron, is being held in Northern Ireland for the first time. Leaders from the G8 nations have gathered to discuss numerous topics with the situation in Syria expected to dominate the talks. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Graham took a more direct tone in an interview on CNN Wednesday: "I'm going after Russia in every way you can go after Russia. I think they're one of the most destabilizing influences on the world stage."

Trump, who raised eyebrows during his campaign when he appeared to show deference to Russian President Vladimir Putin, has expressed some reticence about investigating Russia. Vice President-elect Mike Pence, however, said Russia should face "severe consequences" if it was indeed meddling in the US election.

While the FBI has said there was no direct connection between Trump and Russia, the US Department of Homeland Security officially accused Russia in October of hacking the Democratic Party, citing multiple breaches that damaged party organizations and leaders.

A string of hacked documents and emails from WikiLeaks targeted Democrats and allies of Hillary Clinton almost exclusively in the months leading up to the November election.

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