Carson Statement on Intelligence Committee Hearing
WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman André Carson, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement:
“Today’s Intelligence Committee hearing was the first public step in an investigation to ensure the security of our democracy. As illustrated by the testimony we received today, all Americans of all political persuasions should be alarmed by the possibility that Vladimir Putin and the Russian government attempted to meddle in our democracy, that Americans may have been complicit, and that influence may still exist within the Administration. As elected officials tasked with protecting our constitution, this is entirely unacceptable. This investigation has no timetable and will follow the facts until we determine the truth about Russia’s involvement.
“I was pleased to see Director Comey publicly confirm that the FBI and DOJ are actively investigating Russian interference into our election and possible coordination with the Trump campaign. Their continued cooperation will be vital in the coming weeks and months, particularly as we pursue today’s unanswered questions in a classified forum.
“Director Comey also confirmed, as most national security professionals long suspected, that there is no evidence to back Trump’s outlandish claim that President Obama wiretapped him. It was illegal and impossible given the way our wiretapping programs operate. Going forward, I am hopeful that President Trump can set aside this dishonest distraction and return his focus to running our government.”