Senators Cotton, Rubio, Cornyn, Sasse, and Risch Criticize Response to Russian Interference in 2016 Election

 U.S. Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR), Marco Rubio (R-FL), John Cornyn (R-TX), Ben Sasse (R-NE), and Jim Risch (R-ID) authored additional views on a Senate Intelligence Committee report concerning Russian active measures and interference in the 2016 election. The report and the senators’ additional views on that report may be found here. Following the report’s release, the senators issued the following statement:

“Well before the 2016 election, there was clear and mounting evidence that Russia intended to conduct cyber-attacks against our political infrastructure. This report and our additional views demonstrate that the Obama administration was paralyzed in recognizing and incompetent in responding forcefully to Russian attempts to sow discord in the U.S. and influence our elections. Their delayed and ineffective response—combined with other missed opportunities—enabled further Russian aggression. Our report highlights the risks not only of failing to heed intelligence warnings, but also of accommodating authoritarians like Vladimir Putin.”