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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

Jul 18, 2018 In the News
Rep. Quigley discusses GOP subpoena power and the implications of Trump's conversation with Putin in Helsinki.
Jul 17, 2018 Press Release
Rep. Quigley called on Republicans to pass his amendment to restore $380 million in election security funding, which he secured in the FY18 omnibus spending bill.
Jul 17, 2018 In the News
"The president is acting as if the Russians have something on him. There’s just no other way to describe it. It’s bizarro – I don’t know how to explain it. I can’t get into what I suspect based on a year and half [working on the House Russia] investigation. What I can tell you is: One could easily deduce from all this that the Russians have something on this president.”
Jul 16, 2018 In the News
Rep. Quigley says that President Trump should not be meeting in a room with Russian President Vladmir Putin alone in Helsinki, Finland, because it would look bad and cast suspicion on Trump's campaign and our elections.
Jul 16, 2018 In the News
“The Russians have shown us that our voting technology is outdated and susceptible to attack, and today’s indictment of a dozen Russian intelligence officers, including those who conspired to hack election systems, only further reinforces their ability and intentions."