This letter is from the Fauquier Democratic Committee Civil and Political Rights Group.
How did the Russian government meddle in our 2016 presidential election?
Could something similar occur in the future?
Did any Americans collaborate or remain silent?
We must insure that our elections are fair, and justice demands that we discover what happened and who was involved.
Known Facts Demand Investigation
The unclassified version of the January 6, 2017 “Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent U.S. Elections” by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, concludes that “… Putin and the Russian Government aspired to help … Trump’s election chances…”, and, in the event of a Clinton victory, “…undermining her future presidency”. “CIA and FBI have high confidence in this judgment; NSA has moderate confidence. ….Further information …. since early November 2016, increases our confidence in our assessments…”
On January 13, 2017, Senate Intelligence Committee (the Committee) Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice-Chairman Mark Warner (D-VA) said the U.S. intelligence community’s October 2016 report, “raised profound concerns.”
Subsequently, the circumstances of General Flynn’s resignation, the Committee’s request that the administration preserve related records, and press reports that FBI counter-intelligence agents are investigating communication between the Trump campaign and the Russian government further indicate the need for investigation.
Investigations Must Be Thorough And Unbiased
Investigation by Congressional committees can be biased by the majority party leadership; independent select committee investigations are preferable. Some senators, including Mark Warner support an investigation by the Committee; others, such as Walter Jones (R-NC) favor an independent commission. Let’s watch how they sort it out.
The investigations must be thorough – we don’t yet know the entire scope of Russian interference and possible American collaboration. The investigators need the authority to subpoena evidence and compel testimony. Senator Susan Collins (R ME) has stated that she wants ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn to testify, and that the Senate Intelligence Committee may want to subpoena president Trump’s tax returns.
Attorney General Sessions must recuse himself in favor of a non partisan independent counsel. Mr. Sessions has close ties to candidate and president Trump, and thus has a potential conflict of interest. Title 28 of the U.S. Code bars federal prosecutors from participating in a criminal investigation if they have “a personal or political relationship with someone involved…”.
In addition, there is the appearance that the FBI acted with political bias during the 2016 presidential campaign. Measures must be taken to insure that FBI investigations are thorough and unbiased.
A Successful Investigation is Possible. Successful past investigations include the Senate Watergate Committee, and the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (the 9/11 commission).