Two Democrat Senators have sent a letter to Sen. Ted Cruz, asking him to conduct an oversight hearing about comments Donald Trump made regarding Russian hackers and Hillary Clinton’s infamous missing emails.
Trump made the statement during a Florida rally, saying “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”
According to TheBlaze, That message to Russia, Democratic Sens. Chris Coons (Del.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.) said, is “dangerous and irresponsible” because it is an “apparent encouragement of a foreign cyberattack on presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, a U.S. citizen and former secretary of state.”
“We ask that you conduct an oversight hearing to determine whether existing federal criminal statutes and federal court jurisdiction sufficiently address conduct related to foreign entities that could undermine our elections,” the senators wrote in a letter to Cruz, himself a former 2016 Republican presidential contender.
The senators continued in the letter:To ensure the integrity of the presidential election and its insulation from Russian cyber threats, we ask that you conduct an oversight hearing to consider whether existing federal criminal statutes and federal court jurisdiction sufficiently address conduct related to foreign entities that could undermine our elections. Specifically, we ask that you consider whether requests for foreign entities to conduct cyber attacks on political opponents violate existing federal criminate statutes, and whether there are obstacles to the federal courts asserting jurisdiction to protect the integrity of our nation’s elections.
Cruz is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts, where Coons is the ranking member, and Whitehouse is the ranking member of the Crime and Terrorism Subcommittee.Cruz’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday morning.
It seems to me that these two Democrats are trying to take advantage of Trump’s comments and his rift with Cruz to further divide the Republican Party to their advantage.
There’s much speculation surrounding the DNC email leak being carried out by Russian hackers, and there have been calls for investigation to see if these rumors are true and whether other important information may have been compromised.
Either way, it’ll be interesting to see whether Cruz will go forward with this investigation or see it for the trap it seems to be.
[Note: This article was written by Michael Cantrell]