Quigley Statement on Request to Subpoena Documents Withheld by Trump Administration on Russian Election Attacks
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley (IL-05), who serves on the House Intelligence Committee, released the following statement on the letter, sent by all the Democratic Members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, asking Chairman Trey Gowdy to issue a subpoena to finally compel the Department of Homeland Security to produce documents it has been withholding from Congress for months relating to Russian government-backed efforts to monitor, penetrate, or otherwise hack at least twenty-one state election systems in the 2016 election, including Illinois.
“Russia’s objective is clear: undermine American institutions and degrade our democracy at all costs, which is why it’s paramount that we reinforce our state election systems as soon as possible,” said Rep. Mike Quigley. “This includes having the information needed to assess our vulnerabilities and fully understand previous attempts to penetrate or hack our election systems. The twenty-one states targeted by Russia in 2016 have the right to these documents, and I applaud the Democratic Members on the Oversight Committee for their efforts to improve transparency and national security. If we are serious about our commitment to free and fair elections, this critical information cannot continue to be withheld.”
On October 20, 2017, Ranking Member Elijah Cummings and Rep. Robin Kelly sent a letter requesting copies of the notifications that the Department of Homeland Security provided to twenty-one states identified as targets of Russian government-linked hacking attempts: Illinois, Washington, Oregon, California, Colorado, Alaska, Arizona, Oklahoma, Texas, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Ohio, Alabama, Florida, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, Connecticut, and Delaware. In response, the Department provided just one e-mail containing a short script that Department employees apparently read over the phone to state election officials. This script is 13 sentences long and does not refer to any specific state or attack. In today’s letter, the Members asked Rep. Gowdy to issue a subpoena to compel the Department to produce all of these documents by February 5, 2018.
As an active member of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Quigley is working to investigate Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and prevent future intrusions against our democratic process. In December, he met with Illinois election officials from the Illinois State Board of Elections, Cook County Clerk’s Office, the DuPage County Election Commission, and the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners for a discussion on ways to harden our defenses against election hacking. As Ranking Member of the Financial Services & General Government Appropriations Subcommittee, Rep. Quigley introduced an appropriations amendment to preserve and fund the Election Assistance Commission (EAC), which House Republicans proposed to eliminate. He has also cosponsored the Protecting the American Process for Election Results (PAPER) Act to provide assistance to states allowing them to strengthen the cybersecurity defenses of their election systems.