On Friday, Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy joined a group on Capitol Hill pushing to create a Commission that would investigate foreign interference in the 2016 elections. U.S Intelligent Officials have suspected Russian Hackers of leaking private documents in the final months of the race to for the White House.
“We must ensure our elections are free and fair, and we must strengthen our nation’s defenses against cyberattacks that seek to disrupt our way of life,” said Murphy, a former National Security Expert “One of our top national security goals must be to protect our nation from hacking and cyberattacks, which is why I join the bipartisan, bicameral calls for a select committee to investigate foreign meddling in U.S. elections. I will use my experiences at the Pentagon and a bipartisan approach to help strengthen our nation’s defenses against cyberattacks to make our nation safer and more secure.”
The bill would create a 12-member, bipartisan, independent commission empowered to interview witnesses, obtain documents, issue subpoenas, and receive public testimony to examine attempts by the Russian government or others to use electronic means to influence, interfere with, or undermine trust in last year’s U.S. elections. The commission would also examine any similar efforts by any other foreign governments or entities and would issue a final report with recommendations to Congress and the President within 18 months of enactment.
While the Obama administration and many Democrats in Washington have expressed serious concerns about possible Russian involvement, the incoming Trump administration has pledge no action besides a briefing from intelligence officials regarding the hacks. Until the President-elect changes course on the issue, it’s unlikely Republicans in the Senate or House would move on the proposed bill.