After Russian Hacks, House Dems Face an Uphill Battle for Accountability

January 12, 2017
In The News

President-elect Donald Trump's relationship with Russia continues to dominate headlines this week after an explosive but unverified dossier suggested that Russia had information on Trump's behavior that could be used against him.

Though the details of the report remain unsubstantiated, Trump was forced to confront the allegations at a news conference on Wednesday, where he denied the accusations, describing it as fake news that "should never have been written."

In response to questions about Russian hacking and the 2016 election, Trump finally admitted that he thinks "it was Russia," but proclaimed that the U.S. would have a much brighter future with Moscow.

“Russia will have much greater respect for our country when I'm leading it than when other people have led it," President-elect Trump said Wednesday. "You will see that. Russia will respect our country more. [Russian President Vladimir Putin] shouldn't have done it. I don't believe he will be doing it more now."

How are lawmakers responding to recent allegations surrounding Russian interference in the U.S. election, and how will they hold the government and intelligence communities accountable to the American people? Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), the ranking member of the CIA Subcommittee of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, answers.