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Safeguarding our democracy from foreign interference

In the fall of 2016, it came to light that Russian actors hacked U.S. political organizations and leaked documents with the intention of altering the outcome of the election. In response to this, Congressman Denny Heck joined his colleagues in calling for an independent commission to investigate and report on the methods, motivation, and results of the Russian hacking.

Congressman Heck believes that one of Congress’s top priorities should be demanding answers about this scandal and holding individuals accountable for their actions.

Congressman Heck was appointed to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, which he has jurisdiction over issues that concern the intelligence community and national security matters. 

During an open hearing in the House Intelligence Committee on March 20, 2017, Congressman Heck questioned FBI Director Comey and NSA Director Mike Rogers about Russia's actions to undermine our democracy:

Congressman Heck also asked about the potential for election interference in the future by foreign actors hacking into the election infrastructure:

During another open hearing on May 23, 2017, Congressman Heck asked Former CIA Director John Brennan to explain why Americans should pay attention to the investigation and what it means:

On March 28, 2017, Congressman Heck called on House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes to recuse himself from the Russian Active Measures investigation following his coordination with White House staff and his failure to brief the rest of the committee on information he had obtained about foreign intelligence surveillance before he shared it with the media and public. On April 6, 2017, Chairman Nunes stepped aside from the investigation. 

On July 14, 2017, Congressman Heck wrote an op-ed for The News Tribune calling on the U.S. House of Representatives to vote on and pass increased sanctions against Russia. On July 25, 2017, the House overwhelmingly passed a bill to expand sanctions against Russia for meddling in the 2016 election by a vote of 419-3. President Trump signed H.R. 3364, Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, into law on August 2, 2017. 

“The President often complains about too much talk, and not enough action. The best course of action now is for the President to sign these sanctions against Russia into law immediately following passage in the Senate.  Russia must be held accountable for its invasion of Ukraine, its blatant disregard for the human rights abuses perpetrated by their ally Bashar al-Assad in Syria, and their repeated cyberattacks aimed at interfering in our democracy as well as other Western democracies. These sanctions are a way to discourage the behavior while we also take proactive steps to protect our election systems from future attacks.” - Congressman Denny Heck

Congressman Heck supported the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller to lead an independent investigation at the Department of Justice concerning Russian interference in the 2016 elections, following the abrupt firing of FBI Director Jim Comey.

As more details about this situation come to light, Congressman Heck will work with his colleagues on both sides of the aisle to learn more about what the House can do to prevent future attacks that threaten our democracy.