FBI Director James Comey confirmed Monday that the agency is investigating Russia's influence on the 2016 U.S. election, including any "links" between Moscow and Trump campaign officials.
But in his opening monologue, Buck Sexton said he sees little in the investigation beyond political infighting, with the goal, for both parties, of denigrating the other side.
“This is political tribalism,” said Buck. “This is all about scoring political points for both of the parties involved. These are the same Democrats who four years ago would have ridiculed you if you said Russia was the greatest geopolitical threat in the world, and you know that because they did do that, to [Mitt] Romney.”
“This is a political streetfight. Trump is in a streetfight right now, and streetfights are ugly.”
As for the hacking itself, Buck argued it was constrained to the hack of John Podesta’s email account, which was independent of the Trump campaign, and not a large-scale infiltration of the latter.
“This wasn’t some sophisticated direct denial of service attack, this wasn’t some genius attack by hackers,” said Buck. “This was about as sophisticated as someone telling you he’s the prince of a foreign country, and you need to give him your bank account number.”
"What is the national security takeaway? Don't be a doofus and give your password away?"
As for the belief that the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton cost her the election, Buck wasn’t buying it.
“It couldn’t be that Hillary’s vision of an unrestrained government was what Americans rejected, no. If you're a Democrat, whatever caused her to lose depends on the day.”
Despite his skepticism, Buck reiterated his pledge to approach the FBI's investigation with due diligence.
“I’ll continue to look at each stage of this investigation, and be as honest as I can concerning what’s being inflated versus what looks a bit shady.”