Top House Democrats on Tuesday called on Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to “fully investigate” Russia’s “growing threat against our democracy” and accused House GOP leaders of actively undermining their efforts in order to protect President Trump.
“Russia’s aggression towards the United States and the Trump Administration’s efforts to cover up its communications with the Russians demand an immediate, whole-of-government response,” they wrote in a letter.
“Yet, Republican House leaders and Committee Chairmen have blocked, stonewalled, and rejected our basic requests to investigate, hold public hearings, and advance legislation to address these matters. House Republicans have chosen to put President Trump ahead of our national interests,” they continued.
Their letter comes shortly after the one-year anniversary of the U.S. intelligence community’s assessment that confirmed the Kremlin interfered in the 2016 elections.
“January 6th marked one year since the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released its ominous report documenting Russia’s multifaceted campaign to interfere in the 2016 elections and warning that Russia is likely to do it again,” they wrote, adding that they’ve learned “more about the breadth and magnitude of Russia’s growing threat against our democracy and our national security” over the past year.
“We are extremely concerned by the Intelligence Community’s warning that Russia may attempt to interfere with future elections—including the upcoming midterm elections—and we are deeply troubled by the lack of action by the Trump Administration and House Republicans in responding to this core threat to our democracy,” they added.
The Hill added:
Six lawmakers in total signed onto the letter, each of them the top Democrat on a House committee. They include the Oversight Committee’s Elijah Cummings (Md.), the Judiciary Committee’s Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.), the Foreign Affairs Committee’s Eliot Engel (N.Y.), the Financial Services Committee’s Maxine Waters (Calif.), the Homeland Security Committee’s Bennie Thompson (Miss.) and the House Administration Committee’s Robert Brady (Pa.).
The letter comes shortly before House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other Democrats are set to host a press conference calling attention to “House Republicans’ inaction to sufficiently investigate and address Russia’s threat to our democracy and national security.”