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Ryan, Johnson seek investigation on Russian cyber-attack while Walker expresses skepticism

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MADISON (WKOW) -- While some Wisconsin Republicans are joining their party's congressional leaders in calling for an investigation of undue Russian involvement and influence in the U.S. presidential election, others are expressing a healthy dose of skepticism.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI-1) joined Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) in calling on their respective intelligence committees to find out whether Russia is behind hacks of the Democratic and Republican National Committees.

U.S. Intelligence officials leaked information to the New York Times that Russia engaged in cyber-attacks to help President-Elect Donald Trump defeat Hillary Clinton.

"We must condemn and push back forcefully against any state-sponsored cyberattacks on our democratic process," wrote Speaker Ryan in a statement released Monday. "Throughout this Congress, Chairman Nunes and the Intelligence Committee have been working diligently on the cyber threats posed by foreign governments and terrorist organizations to the security and institutions of the United States. This important work will continue and has my support. As I've said before, any foreign intervention in our elections is entirely unacceptable. And any intervention by Russia is especially problematic because, under President Putin, Russia has been an aggressor that consistently undermines American interests."

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) released a similar statement of support of such investigations.

"Russian propaganda and disinformation campaigns are well known and pervasive throughout Europe and other countries around the world.  The cyberattack capabilities of America's rivals and adversaries are significant and represent a real and growing threat to our security and to world peace and stability.  These are serious challenges, and they should not be politicized or viewed through a partisan lens," wrote Sen. Johnson. "In my role as chairman of both the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and the European Subcommittee of Foreign Relations, I will continue to investigate and hold hearings based on fact -- not innuendo -- for the sole purpose of informing effective policy and appropriate countermeasures."

But Governor Scott Walker joined Wisconsin native and incoming White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus in expressing a healthy dose of skepticism about what exactly Russia did and whether or not it's a big deal.

Gov. Walker said he's seen no concrete evidence Russia tampered with the U.S. election and likened a potential hack to help Trump to an example of a foreign leader helping Hillary Clinton.

"Well, I don't think we want any foreign government influencing our election. You conversely had the leader of Scotland endorsing Hillary Clinton," said Gov. Walker referring to Scotland First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. "If you've got foreign leaders trying to influence by their statements or endorsements in the same way that a foreign leader trying to provide information - no matter what form, whether it's outwardly or with an outright endorsement or otherwise - I think people believe decisions should be made by the voters here in this country."

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