Ruppersberger Issues Statement on House Intelligence Committee’s Conclusion of Russia Investigation
Ruppersberger is former Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee
(Washington, DC) — U.S. Representative C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today issued the following statement following the House Intelligence Committee Republicans’ announcement that they have concluded their Russia investigation:
“I am increasingly concerned that Majority leadership on the House Intelligence Committee has lost sight of our primary responsibility as Members of Congress, which is oversight. We have a duty to follow the facts wherever they lead and provide the checks and balances critical to our democracy. Findings like those announced yesterday would be easy to accept if reached after a serious, thorough and apolitical investigation. Instead, in ending its investigation into Russian interference in our elections without taking advantage of all the tools at its disposal, the Committee’s Majority leadership has failed the American people. The Majority is calling it a day with so many questions unanswered.
In direct contradiction to the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusions, the Committee majority has decided that the Russians were not, in fact, trying to help the Trump campaign. Meanwhile, more than one dozen Russians have been indicted under the Special Counsel’s investigation. So have several Americans, including the President’s national security advisor, his campaign chair and deputy campaign chair and one of his foreign policy advisors. Three have pled guilty. I hope yesterday’s announcement from the Committee’s Majority only strengthens the resolve of Special Counsel Mueller to pursue justice based on facts and facts alone.”