Did Russia help Donald Trump? Congress must investigate Russian involvement in our elections and Trump's Russia ties

There are unanswered questions about whether Vladimir Putin's Russia tried to influence the 2016 election for Trump. We deserve answers -- Congress must set up an independent Trump-Russia investigation.

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SIGN THE PETITION: Americans deserve to have full confidence in our election systems. Congress must convene an independent, bipartisan committee to fully investigate illegal Russian hacking to influence the 2016 election in favor of Donald Trump, and probe the extent of the Trump campaign’s connection to the Russian government.

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SIGN THE PETITION: Americans deserve to have full confidence in our election systems. Congress must convene an independent, bipartisan committee to fully investigate illegal Russian hacking to influence the 2016 election in favor of Donald Trump, and probe the extent of the Trump campaign’s connection to the Russian government.

We deserve to know: what are the ties between Donald Trump and Russia?

Less than a month into his administration, Trump’s National Security Advisor has been forced to resign, after it was revealed that he had five phone calls with the Russian ambassador post-election to discuss the possible lifting of sanctions, then misled the media, the public, the Vice President,  and perhaps others about his conversation.

More than ever, we need a complete accounting of how the Russian government sought to influence the 2016 elections. This unprecedented incursion into U.S. elections by a foreign power can’t be ignored -- and we deserve full, comprehensive answers about this assault on the integrity of our elections.

This must not be a partisan issue -- Democrats, Republicans, and Independents all care about keeping our elections safe from foreign influence. That’s why Congress must convene a bipartisan committee that solely focuses on a comprehensive investigation of Russia’s involvement in the 2016 elections and publicly report their findings to ensure this doesn’t happen again.

Here’s what we know for sure -- according to a declassified report reflecting the consensus of the intelligence community, “Russian intelligence accessed elements of multiple state or local electoral boards. Since early 2014, Russian intelligence has researched US electoral processes and related technology and equipment.”‘

Any private citizen who attempted this would be investigated by the FBI, charged with a felony and sent to jail with a felony conviction. Another country hacking into our election system should be held to the same standard -- yet we are turning a blind eye to these criminal acts.

General Flynn’s resignation could just be the beginning -- and the public deserves answers. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have already stood up on principle for an investigation -- from John McCain to Chuck Schumer. Let’s support their efforts.

Add your name today and tell Congress to convene a select, bipartisan committee to fully investigate Russia’s influence in the election and its possible coordination between the Trump campaign.

Read More: Flynn Scandal Emphasizes Need for Select Committee Investigation of Russian Election Influence

Democracy, and the American voters’ faith in it, depends on free and fair elections. Voters deserve an impartial investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential race by a Bipartisan Select Committee. The resignation of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn only raises more questions about communications and possible links between the Trump team and the government of Vladimir Putin. It also begs more serious questions about what President Trump knew and when.

Today, we learn that last month then-Acting-Attorney General Sally Yates informed the White House that Flynn had lied about the nature of his calls with the Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak which left him vulnerable to blackmail by Russia.  Yates was later fired for a legal judgment she issued on the president’s executive order on immigration, but the fact that she now factors into the questions about Flynn raise concerns. Three of the highest profile people forced out by the Trump campaign or administration all have ties to Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. During the election Trump’s campaign manager, Paul Manafort, who had long client relationships in Russia and the former Soviet Union, was jettisoned. Americans need to be convinced through a thorough nonpartisan investigation that the Trump team is putting the nation’s best interest first and is not beholden to any foreign government. 

A handful of separate Senate committees, with already full agendas, are planning hearings on several aspects of Russia’s influence on the 2016 Elections and the Trump Administration. This scattered and competing approach by a series of committees all controlled by the members of the President’s own party is not the best way to seek the truth, nor is it the best way to restore public confidence in the government’s ability to safeguard our elections from foreign or domestic tampering.  

The public’s faith in our election, our national security, and the need to clarify the connections of the Trump Administration and Vladimir Putin require a comprehensive investigation that can only be accomplished by a joint-, bi-partisan, Select Committee that should be convened immediately. The evidence continues to mount of communications and connections between the Russian government and former Trump campaign and Administration officials and we are now past the time when Americans can be reassured by investigations controlled by members of the President’s own party. Too many times we have seen congressional committees whitewash the damning findings of their own investigations for political expediency.

When it comes to the security of our democracy, the nation must rely on former President Reagan’s rule of “trust but verify.” The stakes are simply too high to leave any room for doubt that an investigation of Russian interference in our elections was full, fair and unbiased.  

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SIGN THE PETITION: Americans deserve to have full confidence in our election systems. Congress must convene an independent, bipartisan committee to fully investigate illegal Russian hacking to influence the 2016 election in favor of Donald Trump, and probe the extent of the Trump campaign’s connection to the Russian government.

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