Hurd Statement on HPSCI Russia Investigation
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Will Hurd released the following statement concerning the draft report of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence’s (HPSCI) Russia Investigation:
“Russia has one simple goal: to erode trust in our democratic institutions. As HPSCI continues its oversight function, we must now take action on the draft recommendations and counter Russian influence operations that are sure to target the upcoming 2018 Elections.”
After inspecting 307,905 documents, taking 230 hours of testimony and reviewing 2,000 classified source documents over the course of 426 days, the draft report addresses in detail, the following parameters agreed upon by the full committee in March 2017:
- What Russian cyber activity and other active measures were directed against the United States and its allies?
- Did the Russian active measures include links between Russia and individuals associated with political campaigns or any other U.S. persons?
- What was the U.S. Government’s response to these Russian active measures and what do we need to do to protect ourselves and our allies in the future?
- What possible leaks of classified information took place related to the Intelligence Community Assessment of these matters?
More than 40 initial findings are detailed in the 150-page draft report. The Committee also offers more than 25 recommendations for Congress and the Executive Branch to implement, such as improving election security and counterintelligence practices related to political campaigns; providing support to our European allies; streamlining government response to cyber-attacks; and strengthening campaign finance transparency.
Furthermore, the HPSCI investigation has no impact on the ongoing investigation being conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.