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House Dems call for investigation into Russian interference in 2016 election


Democratic Reps. Eric Swalwell of California and Elijah Cummings of Maryland on Wendesday introduced a new bill to create a bipartisan commission of lawmakers to investigate whether or not a foreign government (ahem, Russia) interfered with the 2016 U.S. election. 

The Protecting Our Democracy Act, comes after president-elect Donald Trump in an interview with Time magazine again rejected evidence from U.S. spies that Russia sought to interfere with the election. 

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Republicans are keep to investigate too. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, told CNN he would "lead the charge" to investigate Russia's role in the hacking. 

A bipartisan commission

The bill would create a bipartisan commission to investigate that Democratic National Committee hacks, which the U.S. intelligence community believes was carried out by the Russian government.

The commission would also examine similar effort by other foreign governments, and release a final report with their findings and recommendations within 18 months of the bill's enactment. 

Cummings said the bill would help protect American democracy. 

It's not about the election results 

In a statement Wednesday, Cummings insisted that the investigation was not about the results of the election, but rather the disturbing attempts to derail the democratic process. 

“Regardless of whether you voted for Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, or anyone else, Russia’s attacks on our election are an attempt to degrade our democracy and should chill every AmericanDemocratic, Republican, or Independent to the core,” Cummings said.

It's about finding out exactly what happened 

Swalwell, the Ranking Member of the CIA subcommittee of the House Permanent Select Committee on intelligence, said lawmakers "owe it to our constituents" to find out exactly what happened. 

"While our intelligence agencies have concluded with high confidence that Russia meddled in America’s elections, to what degree and whether other state or non-state actors were involved remains unresolved. Americans of all political parties are rightfully worried and deserve answers," he said. 

California Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff said Trump's denial is like Kremlin propaganda. 

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Dems want more information from Obama 

The bill also comes on the heels of a letter penned by seven Democratic lawmakers to President Obama, asking him to share more information about the hacking with them. 

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