WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) joined today with more than 150 House Democrats as cosponsors of legislation being introduced by House Intelligence Subcommittee on the Central Intelligence Agency Ranking Member Eric Swalwell (D-CA) and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) to create an independent commission to investigate Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.
“The magnitude of Russian interference in our recent election demands an independent investigative commission, and today I am joining with more than 150 of my House colleagues in cosponsoring legislation to establish such a body,” Whip Hoyer said. “ That the ranking members of every House committee are cosponsoring this legislation underscores the broad recognition that there needs to be an independent body that is solely focused on investigating Russia’s attempts to undermine our democracy and erode trust in our institutions, without the other workload and competing issues being handled by existing committees. The American people deserve a full and thorough accounting of Russia’s activities, and I hope my Republican colleagues will support this effort.”
The Swalwell-Cummings bill, originally introduced last month in the 114th Congress, would establish a body similar to the 9/11 Commission and has broad support from former senior defense and intelligence officials.