Smith Statement on GOP Leadership Declining Russian Hacking Probes

Washington, D.C. – Today, House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA) made the following statement about reports that the House and Senate Republican leadership have refused calls for an independent investigation or special committee to investigate Russia’s interference in the 2016 election:

 “It is disturbing that the Republican leadership in both houses of Congress is refusing to allow a special committee or independent investigation of Russian involvement in the election, in order to provide cover for Donald Trump. This critical national security issue rises above party. We should be committed to comprehensively investigating what happened and to following the facts wherever they lead.”