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February 27, 2018

Brady, Thompson: Trump Abdicating His Oath of Office By Refusing to Act on Election Security

(WASHINGTON) – Today, the Co-Chairs of the Congressional Task Force on Election Security, House Homeland Security Committee Ranking Member Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) and Committee on House Administration Ranking Member Robert A. Brady (D-PA), released the below joint statement on the need for election security measures following Admiral Mike Rogers’ testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee today. At the hearing, the National Security Agency (NSA) Director and U.S. Cyber Command Commander told Senators that President Trump has not given him orders to counter Russian interference in our elections.

“It is unimaginable that the President of the United States has not ordered NSA Director Rogers – or apparently the heads of any other agency – to stop Russia from meddling in our elections. This is a clear invitation for Putin to continue to do what he pleases with American sovereignty and our democratic institutions.  Let us be clear: this inaction is the President abdicating his oath of office.  While spending time on Twitter falsely alleging a witch hunt, he is not keeping the country safe and secure.”

“With a President unwilling or unable to put the country and its security first, Congress must act.  We call on Republicans and Democrats to come together and pass clearly needed election security reforms.  The Congressional Task Force on Election Security introduced legislation earlier this month – H.R. 5011, the Election Security Act – that would provide assistance to states to help secure their elections systems and protect our democratic institutions from Russian efforts to undermine them. We hope that our Republican colleagues can join us and put politics aside so we secure our elections – the hallmark of our democracy – from Russian interference.”

More info on Task Force on Election Security Report and H.R. 5011

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Media contact:
(Thompson) Adam Comis at 202-225-9978
(Brady) Peter Whippy at 202-225-3072