Chairman Crowley Statement on Indictment of 13 Russian Nationals

Feb 16, 2018 Issues: Foreign Affairs

(Queens, N.Y.) – House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (D-NY) issued the following statement on the Justice Department announcement that it has brought indictment charges against 13 Russian nationals:

“Russia purposefully interfered in the 2016 U.S. Election to sow disinformation and confusion among Americans. Its aim was to disrupt and alter the outcome of America's proudest tradition - our free and fair election process. And it's clear that Russia will do so again if Congress doesn't act to fix the serious vulnerabilities in our election infrastructure.

“Just this week, Democrats proposed commonsense steps we must take to stop countries from interfering in our elections. The indictment charges brought today highlight the serious need for our leaders to act.

“Today's announcement also underscores why Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation must continue unencumbered from political pressure from the White House and congressional Republicans. The investigation must follow the facts wherever they may lead."