Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) has a three-part plan that would stop the Russians from interfering in future elections to help Republicans and Trump.
Mark Warner has a plan to stop Russian election attacks
MARGARET BRENNAN: You are the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee. We heard from the special counsel this week for the first time we heard from the attorney general about the Mueller report. Is there any question in your mind that the counterintelligence probe involving the Trump campaign was not legitimate?
SEN. WARNER: would argue that there are three things we could do next week when- this week when we come back. First we ought to go ahead and pass bipartisan election security legislation to make sure for example that there’s a paper ballot trail after every vote.
MARGARET BRENNAN: There’s been no floor time allotted for this.
SEN. WARNER: There’s been no floor time allotted. Second, we ought to put some guardrails on social media so there’s not an ability for foreigners or other entities to create fake accounts and manipulate our whole political debate. And third, even if we accept the fact that Mueller’s said even though the one hundred and forty plus connections between Russians and Trump officials it didn’t rise to the level of conspiracy, we ought to say on future federal elections if there is a foreign entity trying to intervene, there ought to be an affirmative obligation to report back to the FBI.
.@MarkWarner says there are 3 things Congress can do this week to protect future elections
Pass bipartisan election security
Put some guardrails on social media
On future federal elections, if there is a foreign entity trying to intervene, an obligation to report that to the FBI pic.twitter.com/vPzXhEGNI8
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) June 2, 2019
Mitch McConnell Is Refusing To Secure US Elections
While Democrats have been debating Trump impeachment, Sen. Warner raised a vital point. American elections remain not secured from foreign interference. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell is refusing to bring any election security bills to the floor for a vote. McConnell is trying to keep Trump in the White House and his Senate majority by leaving the backdoor wide open for Russia, Saudi Arabia, North Korea or any other hostile foreign country to attack the 2020 election.
Sen. Warner was 100% correct. Sen. Warner is the Vice Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee. He knows better than anyone outside of Mueller what the Russians did in 2016. Republicans aren’t going to secure our elections in 2020, so it will be up to Democrats to overcome the interference and make our elections safe by taking back the Senate and the White House.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and 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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