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Congressman Eric Swalwell

Representing the 15th District of California

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Russia: Attack On Our Democracy

On October 7, 2016, the seventeen agencies of our intelligence community concluded with high confidence that Russia was meddling in our elections through hacking, leaks, and the dissemination of fake news.

On January 6, 2017, the office of the Director of National Intelligence released a declassified report on Russia’s actions and intentions in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The report concluded that:

  1. These attacks were ordered by President Putin;
  2. Russia’s goals were to undermine faith in our democracy, to harm Secretary Clinton’s chances of winning, and to help President Trump’s election chances; and
  3. President Putin and the Russian Government favored President Trump.

In addition to covert intelligence operations that supplied a constant stream of material to WikiLeaks, the Russian government worked to achieve these goals by using government agencies, state-funded media outlets, and paid social media trolls. For example, Facebook has acknowledged that "it has become a battleground for governments seeking to manipulate public opinion in other countries." Using these tools, Russia launched a dangerous fake news campaign intended to make it difficult for Americans to tell the difference between accurate reporting and blatant lies about both presidential candidates and about our own country.

But the most disturbing finding: Russia intends to do this again.

Russia will use the lessons learned from their 2016 attack on our democracy to carry out future attacks on both our democracy and other sovereign nations worldwide.  It's clear that President Putin intends to do this again. Republican Senator John McCain has warned that Russia will continue to use cyberattacks “as a part of Vladimir Putin’s ambition to regain Russian prominence and dominance in some parts of the world.”  The American people cannot ignore Russia’s actions against us, because doing so will leave our democracy vulnerable to the next attack.

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More on Russia: Attack On Our Democracy

September 11, 2018 In The News

Seventeen years ago today, I was coming up out of the Metro subway when I realized the world had changed.

I was an intern in Rep. Ellen Tauscher’s (D-Calif.) office, and as I arrived at work that day, I found Capitol Hill being evacuated because of the unfolding terrorist attack. Only later would I learn the extent of the losses in New York and at the Pentagon, and of the brave sacrifice made by passengers on Flight 93 who wouldn’t let their plane destroy the Capitol.

August 31, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Eric Swalwell, ranking member of the CIA Subcommittee of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, participated in the new documentary film “Active Measures” detailing Russia’s interference in America’s 2016 presidential election and its long-standing ties to President Donald Trump.

Swalwell (CA-15) was interviewed about his role and findings in the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation of Russia’s interference on behalf of the Trump campaign. The film was released Friday.

August 31, 2018 In The News

White House counsel Don McGahn, whose imminent departure was announced by President Trump this week, will likely be called to testify before Congress about his efforts to constrain testimony in the Russia investigation if Democrats capture control of the House in this fall’s elections, says a top House Democrat.