Carson Statement on House Republicans’ Premature Shutdown of Russia Investigation
WASHINGTON, DC- Congressman André Carson (IN-07) released the following statement today on House Intelligence Committee Republicans' decision to end the investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election.
“At the outset of the Russia probe, both parties committed to the idea that we need to protect our democracy from outside interference. We agreed on the importance of a thorough investigation that would follow the facts wherever they lead. By shutting down this investigation prematurely and without warning, Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee have chosen to insulate the President rather than protect our democracy.
“Over the past year, House Intelligence Committee Members have participated in countless classified and unclassified briefings, questioned witnesses, and reviewed documents in an attempt to learn the full extent of Russian interference in our election and what we can do to stop similar interference in the future. While this evidence led us to a number of important conclusions, we are far from answering all of our questions. Most importantly, we have yet to fully pursue the possibility that American citizens collaborated to inject Russian influence into our election or that those individuals continue to wield power in our government. As illustrated by the indictments coming from Director Mueller’s ongoing investigation, this is a real, ongoing threat. But rather than dig for answers, the Majority allowed witness after witness to avoid answering our questions, shutting down the investigation before we could compel further cooperation.
“After so much uncertainty, we need to be clear with the public. The report to be released by the majority is not the unified opinion of the House Intelligence Committee, but rather the Majority’s politically motivated messaging meant to insulate the Administration. Our report should give the American people a clear view of what we have found—from Vladimir Putin’s intention to elect President Trump to the tactics he used to manipulate voters. Americans cannot protect themselves against future interference without knowing this full range of facts.
“In the coming weeks, I will be working with my colleagues to craft a more accurate explanation for what happened in 2016 and recommendations for how we protect ourselves moving forward.”