May 30, 2017
Last year, a foreign power intervened in our presidential election in an effort to influence the outcome on behalf of one of the candidates.
That power was Russia, and the candidate was Donald J. Trump, now President of the United States. This isn’t the opinion of a select few, but the consensus conclusion of the entire U.S. intelligence community. It has publicly concluded that Vladimir Putin ordered this meddling and will do it again – here and abroad.
Like many of you, I am alarmed at the prospect of a foreign power degrading our electoral process, which is the core of the democracy. As a Member of the House Intelligence Committee, I am committed to following the facts and finding the truth.
Over the last several months, I have participated in countless classified and unclassified briefings, questioned witnesses, and reviewed documents in an attempt to learn what happened and who is responsible. This has pointed us in the direction of a possible collusion between Russia and individuals who worked on the Trump Campaign and within the Trump Administration. Additionally, I believe that recent revelations by the President indicate that he may have tried to obstruct an FBI investigation into one of his associates. While some argue this is unrelated to the Russian interference in our election, it is becoming increasingly clear that it must be part of the same investigation.
Congressman Carson is one of 22 Members who sits on the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Here he is asking a question during a public hearing on Russia's interference in the 2016 election.
I consider this investigation to be the most important work I have done during my time in Congress. It is not about party, but about country. As Americans, we all deserve to feel confident that our government and our democratic process are functioning properly and reflect the will of the people, not a foreign power. I know we are all shaken by this investigation, but rest assured that I am committed to following the facts, without regard for politics, and bringing confidence back to our democracy.
This will likely be a slow process. But I look forward to keeping you informed and answering any questions you may have. Please feel free to reach out anytime.