Swalwell introduces Duty to Report Act

June 15, 2018
In The News

Last week, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) introduced legislation that would require federal candidates to report receiving any private, significant information about opponents from a foreign power.

Swalwell, who represents California's 15th Congressional district, is the ranking member of the CIA Subcommittee for the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. He brought forward the Duty to Report Act on Thursday.

The bill would "make it a crime for federal candidates, their immediate families, or people associated with their campaigns to fail to notify the FBI if any of them are told about, offered, or receive in an unsolicited way non-public, materially significant information about another candidate for the same office which they know or should know is from a foreign power or the agent of a foreign power," according to a statement released by his office.

"For years, we’ve advised our citizens, 'If you see something, say something' to prevent terrorist attacks, and the same should apply to safeguarding our elections against foreign manipulation," Swalwell said. "The hours upon hours of witness interviews in which I participated during the House Intelligence Committee's investigation made clear the need for such legislation."

The legislation comes as a response to the Trump family's acknowledgment that Russia offered them "dirt" on then-candidate Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election, according to Swalwell's office.

"As maddening as the Russia investigation has been, we can't just agonize over it -- we must act on what we've learned, and this bill does that," Swalwell said.

The act's original co-sponsors include Reps. Steve Cohen (D-TN), Ted Lieu (D-CA), André Carson (D-IN), Mike Quigley (D-IL), Joaquin Castro (D-TX), Yvette Clarke (D-NY), Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), John Garamendi (D-CA), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Tim Ryan (D-OH), Val Demings (D-FL), Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), Jackie Speier (D-CA) and Brendan Boyle (D-PA).