January 10, 2017

Senator Kamala Harris Statement on Intelligence Committee Hearing on Russian Interference in U.S. Elections

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following the hearing on assessing Russian interference in recent U.S. elections, U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris, a member of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement:

"Russian interference in our presidential election should trouble all Americans and I will continue to support a thorough and fact-based investigation by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. The American people have the right to know the extent of Russian influence in our democratic system and expect that every level of the United States government will dedicate the necessary work alongside the private sector to defend against any similar intrusions in the future. As the intelligence community concluded, Russia deliberately attempted to undermine public faith in our democratic process. This is a serious threat to national security and I am glad this Committee will be conducting a comprehensive review of the evidence before us.

"This interference in our elections is the latest in a pattern of Russia's attempts to undermine American security, as well as that of our allies and partners, and we can be assured its most recent actions will not be the last. The security of our nation's infrastructure from cyber threats is critically important, and nothing is more important to the preservation of our democracy than the protection of free and fair elections. Russia's cyber-attacks pose a threat to our national security and demand a bipartisan response.

"I remain grateful to the intelligence and law enforcement professionals who have worked diligently to give policymakers and the American people the best possible understanding of foreign interference in our election, as well as other grave threats to our national security. On behalf of Californians, I want to thank the intelligence community for its service."

Today's hearing included testimony from: Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency John Brennan, Director of the National Security Agency Admiral Michael Rogers and Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation James Comey.

In addition to the Select Committee on Intelligence, Harris also serves as a member of the Committees on Budget, Homeland Security and Environment & Public Works.