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Congressman Mike Quigley

Representing the 5th District of Illinois

Russia Investigation

It is no secret that Moscow has a longstanding desire to undermine the liberal democratic order led by the United States. Vladimir Putin’s goal to erode public trust in the democratic process is evident by his intrusion in our election, but also by his willingness to disrupt the electoral process across Europe. We must continue our efforts to ensure Russia never meddles in our democracy again. Their actions not only threaten our democratic process and our founding ideals but also our economy and security.

As the only Illinois member on the House Intelligence Committee, I am fully committed to doing whatever it takes to keep our country safe. This includes my commitment to our investigation into Russia, in terms of both their election hacking and their ties with President Trump’s campaign. Congress’ response to these incidents will have major foreign policy implications in the weeks, months, and years to come. The world is watching, and we must do all we can to deter future intrusions into our institutions, from Russia or any other actors who wish us harm.

In an effort to combat attempted attacks on our democratic process, I co-sponsored the bipartisan PAPER Act to assist states as they strengthen the cybersecurity defenses of their election systems. The intelligence community has confirmed that Russian intelligence breached 39 states’ boards of elections, including in Illinois. I have been working with Illinois election officials at every level of government to discuss the vulnerabilities that still exist and the work that remains to strengthen and modernize our election infrastructure.

Rep. Quigley, joined by Illinois election officials, led a press conference sounding the alarm on the need for action to harden our defenses against election hacking.

As a member of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Quigley has been investigating Russian’s interference in the 2016 election.

During an Intelligence Committee open hearing, Rep. Quigley questioned tech company executives on what they are doing to combat fake news circulated by foreign actors on social media in an attempt to influence our democratic process.

More on Russia Investigation

Jan 18, 2018 In the News
Rep. Quigley appeared on CNN with Wolf Blitzer to discuss the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Jan 7, 2018 In the News
Rep. Quigley appeared on CNN's Newsroom to discuss the ongoing investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Dec 31, 2017 In the News
"John F. Kennedy didn’t stare down the Russians in the Cuban Missile Crisis by saying ‘OMG. Khrushchev bad. Hashtag hate Russia.’ He spoke to the American public, eyeball to eyeball. The Leader of the Free World, waking up on a Saturday morning and tweeting some bizarre rant is not just unfortunate and embarrassing, it’s dangerous."
Dec 23, 2017 In the News
"They're rushing this investigation. The interviews are taking place on an overlapping basis, often out of state. And they're refusing to bring in certain people who would be important witnesses."
Dec 22, 2017 In the News
"I think what they're doing is attacking a war hero, a person with impeccable credentials, bipartisan support before Mr. Mueller. They're going after the FBI. They're going after the Justice Department because, frankly, the investigation is getting scary. It's reached the White House."