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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  1. Probably the millions of illegal votes Trump has been twitting about. The idiot-elect just can’t keep his thumbs off the button.

  2. Avatar for maxie maxie says:

    Obama doesnt’ have a hardball bone in him…never happen.

  3. If Obama wants to be a true patriot, he will do this. I know he is all about being high-minded and not giving the appearance of being overly partisan, and this is for the most part very admirable. But the American people have every right to know the degree to which a hostile foreign power has interfered with our election. We have every right to know what is known about the president-elect’s relationship to Russia. Obviously the Senate Dems know there is important information out there. The confused, nihilistic GOP voters may be ready for the country to commit suicide but the rest of us–the majority of the country–are not.

  4. Hmm, this would tell the Russians what breaks, the US Intelligence has into their espionage and hacking activities. Not smart to broadcast that !


  5. Yes, it’s best to trust that President Trump will use that information in a wise and skillful manner.

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