Senate Dems Urge Obama To Declassify Info On Russia And US Election

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., addresses the crowd of supporters at the Oregon Convention Center after winning re-election in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)
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Several Senate Democrats are calling on President Barack Obama to declassify information related to the Russian government and the U.S. election.

“We believe there is additional information concerning the Russian Government and the U.S. election that should be declassified and released to the public,” a letter from Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee, dated Nov. 29, reads. “We are conveying specifics through classified channels.”

The letter is signed by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Sen. Angus King (I-ME), Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) as well as Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI), the ranking Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

There has been widespread speculation about possible involvement from the Russian government in November’s election, primarily due to an early October letter from the Department of Homeland Security and the Director of National Intelligence that formally accused Russia of directing hacks of Democratic political organizations and operatives.

“The recent disclosures of alleged hacked e-mails on sites like and WikiLeaks and by the Guccifer 2.0 online persona are consistent with the methods and motivations of Russian-directed efforts,” the letter read, referencing websites where stolen emails from the Democratic National Committee, Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta and others appeared.

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