Mitch McConnell backs congressional review of Russian role in US election

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Republican Senate majority leader sets party up for clash with Donald Trump but suggestion appears weaker than aggressive inquiry sought by Democrats

The top Senate Republican put the party on a collision course with Donald Trump on Monday, backing calls for a congressional review of Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 election on the president-elect’s behalf.

Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, told reporters that he “strongly condemns” foreign hacking, adding pointedly: “The Russians are not our friends,” although he did not say whether he agreed that Russia had sought to help Trump win the White House.

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