House Intel Committee Moves Forward With Probe Into Russian Election Hacks

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January 25, 2017 12:44 p.m.

Committee leaders announced Wednesday that the House Intelligence Committee is moving forward with an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The committee’s chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), and ranking member, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), said in a joint statement that the committee has begun to receive documents and expects to request more information from the intelligence community.

“We trust that the incoming leadership of the Intelligence Community will fully and promptly support our requests for information related to the inquiry,” they wrote. “This issue is not about party, but about country. The Committee will continue to follow the facts wherever they may lead.”

The Senate Intelligence Committee announced earlier in January that it would probe the involvement of Russian intelligence agencies in the election, including possible ties between Russia and advisers to Trump’s campaign.

Read the full statement below:

Joint Statement on Progress of Bipartisan HPSCI Inquiry into Russian Active Measures

Washington, D.C. – Today, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes and Ranking Member Adam Schiff released the following statement:

For many years, one of the House Intelligence Committee’s highest priorities has been to oversee the Intelligence Community’s activities to counter Russian aggression, including the cyber-attacks directed against the United States in the last year.

As part of this oversight responsibility, the Committee has been undertaking a bipartisan inquiry of these activities and the underlying intelligence used to draft the Intelligence Community Assessment, “Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections”.

While the Committee has already begun to receive important documents, we trust that the incoming leadership of the Intelligence Community will fully and promptly support our requests for information related to the inquiry. It will not be adequate to review these documents, expected to be in the thousands of pages, at the agencies. They should be delivered to the House Intelligence Committee to provide members adequate time to examine their content.

The scope of the Committee’s inquiry has included, and will continue to include:

  • Russian cyber activity and other “active measures” directed against the U.S. and its allies;
  • Counterintelligence concerns related to Russia and the 2016 U.S. election, including any intelligence regarding links between Russia and individuals associated with political campaigns;
  • The United States Government response to these Russian active measures and any impact they may have on intelligence relationships and traditional alliances; and
  • Possible leaks of classified information related to the Intelligence Community’s assessments of these matters.

This issue is not about party, but about country. The Committee will continue to follow the facts wherever they may lead.

Correction: The original version of this story incorrectly described an earlier statement from Nunes as indicating that his committee was not launching an investigation into the Russian hacking. We regret the error.

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