Connolly Statement Following House Foreign Affairs Committee Hearing on Russian Interference

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Washington, March 9, 2017 | comments
Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) released the following statement after today's House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Russian interference into U.S. elections:

"More than three months ago, I led a letter with 15 members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee calling for a hearing into Russia’s deliberate interference in our presidential election. The hearing held today offered a thoughtful discussion, but only scratched the surface of this issue.

"I was gratified to hear some of my Republican colleagues acknowledge the severity of these circumstances. This is not about party. This is about our country. The very nature of our democracy is at stake.

"That is why we need an independent investigation to fully explore the extent of Russia’s election interference and the Trump Administration’s contacts with Russian officials, and share the findings with the public.

"My hope is that today was just the beginning of a series of robust hearings in our committee. If today’s hearing was just a one-time thing, then it will tarnish the reputation of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. This is an opportunity to shine light on the truth and demonstrate how a bipartisan investigation can and should work. The process can reassure America and our allies that democracy and truth are alive and well in Washington, D.C."

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