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McCain: I have 'more hope than belief' GOP will investigate Trump's ties to Russia

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaks during a hearing on "Foreign Cyber Threats to the United States," on Capitol Hill, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) told Chuck Todd on NBC's "Meet the Press" Saturday that he has more "hope than belief" that the GOP can be trusted to investigate President Donald Trump's alleged ties to Russia.

The Blaze reported Saturday that McCain told Todd in the same interview that Trump's assertion on Twitter that the media was the "enemy of the American people" was "how dictators got started." He then went on to suggest that an investigation into the Trump administration's alleged ties to Russia as they pertain to that country's potential involvement in the 2016 election was an appropriate move for the GOP congressional leaders to make.

"There's probably going to be more shoes to drop," McCain told Todd when asked about the resignation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who left the administration Monday over potential inappropriate conversations with Russia's ambassador to the United States prior to the inauguration.

"Can be Americans be confident that a Republican-controlled Congress can investigate this president thoroughly if necessary?" Todd asked.

"I hope so. And I have to believe so," McCain replied. "More hope than belief."

McCain was at the Munich Security Conference on Friday where he warned "of an increasing turn away from universal values and toward old ties of blood, and race, and sectarianism." Despite his "worry" about Trump's abilities as commander in chief, he told Todd he had great confidence in Trump's national security team, including Defense Secretary James Mattis and Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, who also gave speeches at the conference.

"[European leaders] have a lot of trust in these individuals," McCain said. "We've just got to have a consistent message to these people who are seriously threatened, particularly our friends in the Baltics."

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