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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

Dec 4, 2017 In the News
Rep. Quigley appeared on "The Beat" with Ari Melber to discuss the Russia Investigation and Attorney General Jeff Sessions' testimony before the House Intelligence Committee.
Dec 2, 2017 In the News
"Said Quigley: “It makes it harder for the Republicans to shut it down, either from the White House or from the leadership on the committee … because the public is seeing, ‘Hey, this is serious. People are being charged with felonies.'”
Dec 1, 2017 In the News
"The timing, somewhat. It's hard to imagine that after last week's announcement that Mr. Flynn had stopped cooperating with the Trump defense team that something like this wasn't going to happen. It was clearly an indication that there was cooperation, that is more likely than not leading to some sort of a negotiated plea."
Nov 25, 2017 In the News
"I'm not surprised. The entire length of the investigation they have said there is nothing there, despite what the entire intelligence community has said, that the Russians were involved and were the ones who hacked into the democratic process. There's unanimity there and the president disagreed with his entire community."
Nov 25, 2017 In the News
"And at the same time, he and President Trump said anyone who seeks immunity must be guilty. Well, I don't believe that, but we're aware of his efforts to seek immunity. So, if anything, we're learning this morning that karma can be very difficult."