Rep. Eric Swalwell wants to investigate Russia's
involvement in alleged cyber espionage.
Rep. Eric Swalwell wants to get to the bottom of Russia's alleged interference during this year's U.S. presidential election.
The East Bay congressmember introduced a bill Wednesday along with a top-ranking House Democrats that would form a 12-person, bipartisan commission to investigate Russia's digital espionage in matters including the hacking of Democratic National Committee servers and the emails of Hillary Clinton aide John Podesta.
"This past election, the principles of our democracy were attacked," said Swalwell. "We owe it to our constituents to defend the integrity of our representative democracy, starting with finding out what exactly happened and how we prevent it from ever happening again.
“While our intelligence agencies have concluded with high confidence that Russia meddled in America’s elections, to what degree and whether other state or non-state actors were involved remains unresolved. Americans of all political parties are rightfully worried and deserve answers. To protect our democracy, we are calling for a fact-based, independent, bipartisan-appointed commission on foreign interference in the 2016 election.”
The commission would have subpoena power and ultimately issue of final report on how the U.S. can be protected from similar interference in the future. The proposed commission, however, is unlikely to find much support in the Republican-led House.
The hacking and dissemination of emails belonging to DNC staffers, along with Podesta's missives had a profound impact on the presidential campaign, often portraying Democratic leaders intent on paving the way for Clinton's nomination for president.
The proposed legislation, also co-authored by Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, would also task the commission with investigating the similar hacking of Colin Powell's emails and the security of voting systems in Arizona, Illinois and Florida. Investigating the creation and promotion of so-called "fake news" sites peddling disinformation about Clinton and other Democratic officials would also be under the purview of the commission.