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Top U.S. House judiciary panel Republican urges hearings into Russian election meddling




House Judiciary Committee ranking member Representative Doug Collins (R-GA) speaks during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on the Mueller Report where the hearing where former White House Counsel Donald McGahn failed to appear on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 21, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst



The top Republican on the U.S. House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday called for hearings into interference by Russia and others in the 2016 election and beyond, on the heels of a statement here by former U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller and ahead of presidential elections next year.


Though there have been congressional probes into Russian meddling in the U.S. election and other lawmakers have called for more to be done on election security, Republicans have largely remained silent on the issue.


The request comes as the judiciary panel continues to seek documents and evidence stemming from the report written by Mueller, who headed investigations into Russian interference in the U.S. election, whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow and if President Donald Trump had obstructed justice.


In a letter sent to House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, a Democrat, Doug Collins wrote: “Please hold immediate, thorough, and productive hearings regarding Russia’s ability to influence our elections. Let us protect our citizens from this criminal behavior.”


In a series of tweets responding to the letter, Nadler did not commit to holding such hearings.



Reuters

4th June 2019

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