FOX 32 NEWS - The judgment of top American intelligence officials that Vladimir Putin's regime conducted computer hacks to undermine Hillary Clinton and elect Donald Trump President has alarmed some top Republicans.
"We should be deeply concerned about their ability to get in to almost any place they want to go," Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) said. "If they do that with political campaigns can't they do it in every other aspect of America especially our military capabilities."
Intensifying those concerns, signals by Trump he may nominate for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, an Exxon Mobil oil man who's done multi-billion dollar deals with Putin. The Russian autocrat, whose internal critics sometimes turn up dead, awarded Tillerson the Order of Friendship, among Russia's highest honors for a foreigners.
"I will be making my announcement on the next Secretary of State tomorrow morning," Trumped tweeted Monday after a weekend post that said, "Whether I choose him or not for "State"- Rex Tillerson, the Chairman & CEO of ExxonMobil, is a world class player and dealmaker."
For the first time since winning the White House,Trump's getting public pushback from some Republicans.
"The Russians are not our friends," Sen. Mitch McConnell, (R-Kentucky) said. "And I think we ought to approach all these issues on the assumption that the Russians do not wish us well."
"It is a matter of concern to me he has such a close relationship with Vladimir Putin and obviously they've done lots of deals together," McCain said.
Intelligence officials said Putin's agents used similar dirty tricks in other countries' elections, notably in Ukraine, and Putin's henchmen are funneling millions of dollars to radical parties across Europe on the left and right, apparently hoping to destabilize democracies there.