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The intelligence community's allegation that Russia intervened covertly in the 2016 election describes a significant assault on our democracy. The country needs to know more: The charge needs to be followed up with an independent investigation that continues after Donald Trump becomes president on Jan. 20 .Congress If there's a possibility that U.S. laws were violated by the Russian political attack, the FBI and the Justice Department should begin a formal legal investigation.The allegations about Russian hacking are framed in the unclassified report released last Friday by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, on behalf of the CIA, FBI and NSA. It could be abused by Trump's critics, or by Trump himself.Does Russia believe it has any leverage over Trump, financial or otherwise?Nobody stands to gain more from a careful, unbiased investigation than Trump, assuming the Russians were acting alone.If it ended favorably for Trump, it would resolve questions that could otherwise haunt his presidency.
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