Swalwell: Republican Russia Report is the Cover-up Trump and Russia Wanted
WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA-15), Ranking Member of the CIA Subcommittee for the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement Friday:
“The Trump-Russia report released by the House Intelligence Committee’s Republican majority is an incomplete, inaccurate report of what the Russians did and who they worked with, solely intended to cover up evidence damaging to President Donald Trump.
“This report concludes that there was no collusion, but the Republicans never allowed the investigation to look for collusion. They refused to use subpoena power to obtain documents and testimony we needed to protect our democracy and tell the American people how we were attacked. Instead, they ran a ‘take them at their word’ investigation that showed no willingness to test witness testimony against their cell phone, bank, and travel records. They also have refused to deliver on their promise of releasing transcripts of the testimony we heard, so that the public can judge for itself.
“And if all that wasn’t bad enough, choosing to release the report today – the same day on which we learn that the Russian lawyer who met in 2016 with Trump’s family and aides at Trump Tower was indeed a Russian spy – just adds insult to injury.
“The Republicans' efforts to bury the evidence will not deter my efforts and those of my fellow Intelligence Committee Democrats; we will persist in working to ensure that America’s elections are protected from foreign influence. Further, Speaker Paul Ryan should immediately bring forward my bipartisan legislation, the Protect Our Democracy Act, to create a bipartisan-appointed, independent commission on Russia's meddling.”