Senator says election to live in ‘cyber infamy’


Illinois U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin speaks at Islamic Foundation in Villa Park, Ill. Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017. The Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago hosted Durbin as well as leaders from faith and civic organizations, to address President Donald Trump's executive order to ban Syrian refugees and visitors from seven Muslim countries among other restrictions on travel. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

The No. 2 Democrat in the Senate says Election Day 2016 is a day that will live in “cyber infamy.”

Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois is referring to the intelligence community assessment that Russia meddled in the Nov. 8 election to help Trump beat Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Durbin said on the Senate floor Tuesday that the resignation of Michael Flynn, Trump’s national security adviser, shows the need to examine the role that Russia has played in the election and the contacts that occurred with Russia as the Obama administration imposed sanctions on Moscow.

Democrats are pressing for a special select committee to investigate. Republicans maintain that the existing congressional panels on the Hill can handle the probe.