GOP Fails to Protect Our Democracy as Americans Head to Polls

This week, Americans across Texas and Illinois take to the polls in the first primary of the 2018 election cycle.  Yet, U.S. National Security Administration Director Admiral Mike Rogers testified before Congress last week that Russian interference is likely to continue into 2018 and that ‘what we’ve done hasn’t been enough.’

And how has the Republican-led Congress responded?  Under Speaker Ryan’s leadership:

  • Homeland Security Committee nor House Administration Committee have held full committee hearings on election security.
  • Energy and Commerce Committee hasn’t held a full committee hearing on the Russian disinformation and propaganda efforts.
  • Homeland, Judiciary and Oversight Republicans failed to demand that Department of Homeland Security turn over documents on election interference, forcing Democrats to demand a subpoena;
  • Judiciary and Oversight Committees re-launched investigations into Trump’s political enemy and the FBI, wasting vast sums of taxpayer money; and
  • House Republicans have waged an all-out assault on DOJ and the FBI to undermine the credibility of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation and spread doubt about the veracity of its findings.

What’s worse is President Trump’s refusal to take on Russia and enforce bipartisan passed sanctions, mount a whole-of-government response to counter the Russian threat, or even acknowledge the consensus of the U.S. intelligence community that Russia will interfere in the 2018 elections.  Plus we learned this weekend that the State Department still hasn’t spent the $120 million allocated by the Obama Administration to combat foreign efforts to interfere in U.S. elections.

All this begs the question: what do the Russians have on President Trump, Secretary Tillerson, Speaker Ryan and House GOP that they would refuse to honor their oath of office and sell out our democracy to a foreign power?

Nothing less than the strength and integrity of our democracy, national security and our democratic institutions are at stake.  It’s time for the Republicans to put country ahead of the political interests of President Trump.