House Democrats on Thursday urged the Judiciary Committee to hold “immediate hearings” on the cyber threats facing America’s electoral system. The gatherings are necessary because the Justice Department “appears to have taken little — if any — action to secure our election systems” in the wake of a 2016 digital meddling campaign that intelligence officials have pinned on Russia, said Democrats on the panel in a letter sent to Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.). The request is the latest in a string of Democratic actions meant to pressure Republicans on Moscow’s election meddling.
Senate Judiciary Democrats are also demanding that their committee hold hearings on Russian election meddling, and a parade of Democrats took to the Senate floor Tuesday night to castigate the Trump administration for not doing enough to bolster the cyber defenses of U.S. election infrastructure.
“We cannot afford to ignore the mounting evidence of a coordinated effort to undermine the most basic and essential aspects of democratic process,” the lawmakers told Goodlatte, pointing to news stories about Russian intrusions into voter registration databases, voting system vendors and state election offices.
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