“I call upon you to hold a series of hearings in which we can consider various experts’ opinions regarding the threat Russia and other nefarious actors have played, and may continue to play, in our elections.”
WASHINGTON — Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, today sent the following letter to Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) requesting the committee hold hearings on Russian election interference.
The full letter is available here and below.
June 4, 2019
The Honorable Jerrold Nadler
Committee on the Judiciary
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515
Dear Chairman Nadler:
On May 29, 2019, Special Counsel Robert Mueller made a rare public statement emphasizing the vulnerability of our national elections to foreign interference. The House Judiciary Committee must heed Mr. Mueller’s words and prioritize securing our elections in anticipation of 2020. To that end, we should hold hearings as soon as possible to determine what Congress can do to assure the American people the Special Counsel’s findings will not merely be used as political cudgels but, more importantly, as real guidance for action to help protect our system of democratic elections.
In his speech, Mr. Mueller made clear he found the real threat – Russian interference in our elections. In his closing remarks, he stated:
And I will close by reiterating the central allegation of our indictments, that there were multiple, systematic efforts to interfere in our election. And that allegation deserves the attention of every American.
Instead of probing this threat, Mr. Chairman, you continue to play politics related to impeachment. Mr. Mueller began and ended his remarks by warning of the Russian cyber-threat. In fact, Russian interference in the 2016 election was the raison d’être of the whole Special Counsel appointment. And though the threat was made clear to the Obama administration and was apparently treated as non-serious, I am committed to preventing this threat from growing or continuing.
In addition, I call upon you to hold a series of hearings in which we can consider various experts’ opinions regarding the threat Russia and other nefarious actors have played, and may continue to play, in our elections. To the extent possible, I encourage you to set aside the animus towards President Trump, who has been, in short, vindicated by the Special Counsel’s report. He and his campaign did not engage in an improper relationship with Russia. In two or six years, President Trump will leave office; our free elections, however, will continue for as long as America remains committed to the ideas of republicanism and democracy.
Without reservation, I concur with the Special Counsel that the sanctity of our elections must not ever be taken for granted or exposed to foreign threats. Congress should show the American people we are prioritizing the security of our democratic institutions above partisan posturing. There is real and urgent value to be gleaned from Mr. Mueller’s findings. Let us salvage from the Special Counsel’s report the issue most threatening to the American republic: a campaign of disinformation and cyberattacks committed by a foreign power.
Please hold immediate, thorough, and productive hearings regarding Russia’s ability to influence our elections. Let us protect our citizens from this criminal behavior. Mr. Mueller has spoken; I invite you to listen.