Oversight Dems Ask Gowdy to Subpoena Documents Withheld by Trump Administration on Russian Attacks on 21 States in 2016 Election / News Release
Washington, D.C. — Today, all Democratic Members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform sent a minute asking Chairman Trey Gowdy to issue a summons to finally enforce the Department of Homeland Security to furnish papers it has been self-denial from Congress for months relating to Russian government-backed efforts to monitor, penetrate, or differently dig at slightest 21 state election systems in the 2016 election.
Ranking Member Elijah Cummings released the following matter in and with today’s letter: “Russia pounded the states in the last election to help Donald Trump get inaugurated President. Why is the Trump Administration now concealing from Congress papers showing accurately how Russia did it?”
Rep. Robin Kelly, the Ranking Member of the Information Technology Subcommittee, stated: “We know that Russians pounded 21 state election systems, including in my home state of Illinois. Congress has an requirement to help states rise technologies and protocols to forestall election interference. However, we can't do that if the Trump Administration continues to actively disguise vicious papers directly associated to the confidence of the elections and voting systems. Chairman Gowdy needs to issue this summons so we can get answers and help states urge the firmness of their systems in the arriving 2018 elections.”
On Oct 20, 2017, Ranking Members Cummings and Kelly sent a minute requesting copies of the notifications that the Department of Homeland Security supposing to 21 states identified as targets of Russian government-linked hacking attempts: Washington, Oregon, California, Colorado, Illinois, Alaska, Arizona, Oklahoma, Texas, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Ohio, Alabama, Florida, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, Connecticut, and Delaware. They also requested all papers “related to the Russian government-backed attempts to dig state election systems.”
In response, the Department supposing just one e-mail containing a brief book that Department employees apparently review over the phone to state election officials. This book is 13 sentences prolonged and does not impute to any specific state or attack. Rather, it is a general book that provides no specific information.
“Despite steady requests over the past several months, the Department has refused to yield the Oversight Committee with this information, and to the best of the knowledge, has not supposing it to any congressional committee,” all Democratic Committee Members wrote in their minute to Gowdy. “We have been intensely patient, but we can no longer concede the Trump Administration to challenge the requests and secrete this vicious information from Congress.”
On Nov 29, 2017, during a corner subcommittee conference on the “Cybersecurity of Voting Machines,” Ranking Member Kelly asked Christopher Krebs, the Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Under Secretary of the National Protection and Program Directorate, when these papers would be provided. Although Mr. Krebs positive Ranking Member Kelly that a response would be forthcoming, no serve papers were provided.
“The Intelligence Community has warned us that Russia intends to continue interfering with elections in the United States and around the world,” the Members wrote. “It is the shortcoming to obtain information about what happened in 2016 so we can sufficient ready for future attempts to meddle with the democracy.”
To follow-up on this ask nonetheless again, the Subcommittees sent Mr. Krebs central Questions for the Record on Jan 3, 2018, with a ask by Ranking Members Cummings and Kelly that the Department produce, by Jan 19, 2018, copies of all papers associated to the Russian government-backed attempts to monitor, penetrate, or dig state election systems—including the specific collection the enemy used. The Department has not constructed these papers to date.
In today’s letter, the Members asked Gowdy to issue a summons to enforce the Department to furnish all of these papers by Feb 5, 2018.
The Members concluded, “If you select not to do so, then we ask that you place this matter on the bulletin for the next frequently scheduled business assembly so that all Committee Members will have the event to opinion on a suit to issue this subpoena.”