Lofgren Statement on Release of U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Final Report

Aug 18, 2020
Press Release

 

San Jose, Calif.— Committee on House Administration Chairperson Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) issued the following statement today after the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released the fifth and final volume of its bipartisan Russia investigation.  The report found the “Russian Government has sought to understand, and potentially exploit, vulnerabilities in the U.S. campaign finance system,” and recommends “the DOJ, the Intelligence Community, regulators and legislators should work together to identify and address any loopholes that could be abused, by Russia or any other foreign actor, in malign influence operations targeting U.S. elections.”  Moreover, the Senate Committee recommends that campaigns should notify the FBI of all foreign offers of assistance.

“The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s extensive report confirms well-established fact: Russia intervened in the 2016 election and the Trump campaign welcomed it.  Coming less than 100 days until the November election, the report should break the Senate logjam loose and prompt immediate action to protect our elections from foreign interference, as the House has done multiple times this Congress.

“Today marks 301 days since the House passed H.R. 4617, the SHIELD Act, comprehensive legislation I authored to protect elections from foreign interference.  Its provisions are directly responsive to the Senate reports’ recommendations, including closing campaign finance loopholes that permit foreign adversaries to launder money into American elections.  The SHIELD Act also establishes a duty to report offers of foreign help to the FBI and the FEC.  The House also passed H.R. 1, the For the People Act, and H.R. 2722, the SAFE Act.  These bills include robust election security provisions such as auditable voter-verified paper ballots and stronger regulations on election technology vendors.  I urge the Senate to take every step necessary to act on these bills and protect American democracy.”

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Congress Number: 
116th Congress