Wasserman Schultz Statement on Bipartisan Investigation into Russia’s Cyber Attacks

Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) issued the following statement on the need for a bipartisan Congressional investigation into Russia’s cyber attacks:

“I join President Obama and senior leaders of both parties in calling for a bipartisan, public congressional investigation into apparent Russian cyber attacks, potentially approved by President Vladimir Putin personally, designed to affect the outcome of U.S. elections. To uncover the truth, we must hold public hearings similar in scope to those we saw after the Watergate break-in and the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. It is also crucial that any public inquiry look at the full scope of this Russian cyber espionage. That must include addressing what awareness or involvement, if any, President-Elect Trump had in it, given his supportive statements regarding Putin, his direct calls during the campaign appealing to Russia to attack the network of his opponent and steal data, and most recently, his selection of a nominee for Secretary of State with close ties to Putin. This cyberthreat is not going away. Any bipartisan investigation must not only uncover what happened in the 2016 Election, it also must include recommendations for how to fight this new form of modern warfare. Only then can we restore the public’s faith in our democratic process, and seriously deter any future cybertreachery.”