Top House Democrats are requesting that the FBI launch an investigation into possible connections between Donald Trump and the Russian hacks against Democratic Party organizations.
In a letter to FBI Director James Comey the Ranking Members of the House Committees on Oversight and Government Reform, Judiciary, Foreign Affairs, and Homeland Security wrote:
Based on multiple press reports, it appears that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is investigating whether Russia executed cyber attacks against the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) that resulted in the illegal hacking of a wide range of emails and other documents.
We are writing to request that the FBI assess whether connections between Trump campaign officials and Russian interests may have contributed to these attacks in order to interfere with the U.S. presidential election.
Serious questions have been raised about overt and covert actions by Trump campaign officials on behalf of Russian interests. It is critical for the American public to know whether those actions may have directly caused or indirectly motivated attacks against Democratic institutions and our fundamental election process.
We do not know if Donald Trump’s public statements or the connections of his campaign officials to Russian interests directly or indirectly led to the cyber attacks against Democratic party organizations, but there is widespread agreement that the United States should take all steps possible to prevent Russia from interfering in our electoral process and prosecute to the full extent of the law anyone involved in such a scheme.
Democrats are not going to sit back and allow Donald Trump to benefit from Russian hacks into Democratic Party organizations without consequence.
The letter from the House Democrats asks valid questions given the Trump campaign’s extensive and well-documented ties to Putin’s regime. Democrats want a specific investigation into potential Trump ties to the hacks.
It is interesting, but not a coincidence, that all of the emails released from the Russian hacks have been designed to help Donald Trump. Russia and Wikileaks are apparently working together in an attempt to get Trump elected president.
Donald Trump’s campaign has plenty of problems, but the biggest one on the horizon may be a potential FBI investigation into the Trump/Putin hacking connection.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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