A bipartisan pair of senators is moving to create a 9/11-style commission to examine the cyberattacks that took place during the 2016 presidential election campaign. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) announced legislation on Friday to establish the National Commission on Cybersecurity of U.S. Election Systems to study the election-related cyberattacks — which the intelligence community has attributed to Russia — and make recommendations on how to guard against such activity going forward. The commission would be modeled after the 9/11 Commission tasked with investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks against the United States.
There have previously been calls from lawmakers, mostly Democrats, for a 9/11-style commission to examine Russia’s interference campaign.
Multiple congressional committees are currently investigating Russia’s activities. Meanwhile, special counsel Robert Mueller is spearheading a federal probe into the matter, which includes reviewing whether there was coordination between President’s Trump campaign and Moscow.
According to the intelligence community, Russia directed cyberattacks against high-level Democratic officials and also targeted election-related systems in some U.S. states ahead of the election. In June, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials testified that election systems in as many as 21 states were targeted by Moscow; none of the machines were involved in vote tallying.