We urge you to cosponsor H. Con. Res. 47, to express the sense of Congress that until the FBI’s investigation into the Trump-Russia connection is complete, the Administration should not take any action or make any policy changes that could be seen as benefiting Vladimir Putin or his inner circle.
As the resolution notes, on March 20, FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers testified in a public hearing before the House Intelligence Committee that Russia is a foreign adversary and should be treated as such in all American policy and American official interactions. A January 2017 public report by 17 U.S. intelligence agencies found that Russian president Vladimir Putin personally ordered an effort to interfere in the 2016 U.S. elections, with the intent of assisting then-candidate Donald Trump. This meddling included the hacking and release of illegally obtained information as well as the creation and dissemination of false news stories through social media and via Russia’s state-run, intelligence-connected media outlet, RT. The report also concluded that Russia intends to apply the lessons learned from their interference campaign to upcoming elections in Europe.
It seems that almost every day, Americans learn more about the personal, political, and financial ties between the Trump Administration and his campaign team and Russia. FBI Director Comey has confirmed active criminal and counterintelligence investigations into ties between Trump campaign officials and Russia’s efforts to interfere in our elections.
This investigation casts a cloud of doubt over the Administration’s ability to pursue a Russia policy that is in the best interest of the United States. As long as President Trump and his team are under investigation for possible coordination with Russian meddling, the Administration should not make any policy changes that benefit Vladimir Putin or his inner circle. H. Con. Res. 47 provides Congress a vehicle to express this concern.
Finally, the resolution expresses the sense of Congress that President Trump, his family, his business associates, his campaign associates, and members of his Administration should cooperate fully with all investigations into Russia’s attack on our democracy, ties between President Trump’s campaign officials and Russia, and possible coordination between these officials and Russia as part of its attack. Their cooperation is critical to fully understanding Russia’s election interference campaign and making sure that such an effort is never repeated.