Langevin Statement on House Intelligence Committee Investigation into Russian Interference in the Election
Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), a senior member of the House Committees on Armed Services and Homeland Security, issued the following statement in respect to recent developments in the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence’s investigation into Russia’s interference with the U.S. election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign:
“As a former member of the House Intelligence Committee, I appreciate the hard work of the Committee Members and staff on our most sensitive national security issues. However, I am deeply concerned with Chairman Nunes’s recent conduct regarding both his visit to the White House grounds to meet with an unnamed source and his lack of transparency about the visit with the rest of the Committee. The Russian information operations last year targeted the very heart of our democracy, our elections, and the investigation into this interference cannot be tinged with any hint of partisanship nor conducted behind closed doors.
“I have introduced legislation that would create a bipartisan, bicameral committee to look into the Russian actions and any possible ties to the Trump campaign without being bound by jurisdictional lines, and I continue to believe that this is the best way forward. Chairman Nunes’s actions in discussing the Committee’s work with the White House and canceling a planned open hearing only reinforce this belief, and I hope that a joint committee and an independent commission are both quickly established to reassure the American public and present them with the plain facts.”