Rep. Huffman Calls for Independent, Nonpartisan Commission to Investigate the extent of Russian Influence in the 2016 election – and at the White House.

February 16, 2017

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Full Transcript: 

Mr. Speaker I rise today to call for a nonpartisan independent commission to immediately and thoroughly examine the influence in the 2016 election and at the Trump White House of the Russian government. This House should have began this critical oversight work immediately and served as a check on the White House to protect the American people, but it has failed to do so.

The resignation of General Michael Flynn has raised far more questions than it answered and it is not acceptable to simply sit on our hands or to say that somehow the only problem is the leaks that exposed this misconduct and not the misconduct itself. That won’t cut it.

The American people deserve to know the full picture of Russia’s involvement in the election, of General Flynn communication with Russian officials, and why President Trump took no action for weeks after learning of General Flynn’s misconduct. Unfortunately this Administration’s idea of transparency is conducting sensitive national security discussions in the middle of a crowded Mar-A-Lago dining room in full view of his wealthy patrons.

The American people deserve better, they deserve an independent nonpartisan commission, and it’s time for this House to do its job. I yield back