Democratic participants of the House Oversight Committee despatched a letter on Monday to chairman Trey Gowdy inquiring for that he subpoena the Department of Homeland Security to produce paperwork they declare officers have withheld from Congress related to Kremlin-backed efforts to hack no less than 21 state election programs within the 2016 vote.
The committee’s best Democrat, Reps. Elijah Cummings, stated in a commentary, “Russia attacked our states in the last election to help Donald Trump get elected President. Why is the Trump Administration now concealing from Congress documents showing exactly how Russia did it?”
In testimony to Congress final June, DHS officers admitted that that they had wisdom of Russian makes an attempt to ruin into the electoral programs of 21 states, even supposing there was once no proof of direct vote-count tampering. Subsequent experiences put the selection of states focused by way of Russian hackers even upper.
In October, committee Democrats asked that DHS supply copies of the notification letter officers despatched caution of the hacks, Mr. Cummings stated. The states recognized come with; Washington, Oregon, California, Colorado, Illinois, Alaska, Arizona, Oklahoma, Texas, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Ohio, Alabama, Florida, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, Connecticut and Delaware.
According to Mr. Cummings, all they gained again from DHS was once “one email containing a short script that Department employees apparently read over the phone to state election officials.”
“Chairman Gowdy wishes to factor this subpoena so we will get solutions and assist states shield the integrity in their programs within the upcoming 2018 elections,” Rep. Robin Kelly stated in commentary.