In the United States Congress introduced a bill to create an independent Commission to investigate the possible involvement of Russian government in US elections with the help of hacker attacks. The authors of the bill were congressmen Elijah Cummings and Eric Swalwell, Wired reports.
The congressmen propose to investigate the very extensive list of hacker attacks, the newspaper writes. Among them was the hacking of the Democratic party, post Hillary Clinton and the head of its election headquarters of John Potesta and others.
From the bill follows that the Commission shall consist of 12 members – representatives of both Democrats and Republicans. Its findings and recommendations to prevent similar attacks in the future, the Commission will have to submit within 18 months.
“This Commission will conduct an independent and thorough investigation regarding Russia’s attempts to influence our choices and attack our democracy,” said Cummings. “We must preserve the integrity of our democracy and the trust of Americans to our electoral system,” he added.
As notes the edition, the initiative of congressmen appeared after the recent letter from congressional Democrats, Barack Obama, in which they asked the President to declassify the alleged evidence of the involvement of Russian hackers for cyber attacks.
Russia has repeatedly accused of meddling in American elections during the election campaign in the United States. So, in early October, the Bush administration officially accused Moscow of hacker attacks on the Democratic party. As argued by the then Washington, the purpose of these attacks, “interference in the election process in the United States.” Moscow always denied all charges, calling them “ridiculous” and “mythical”.
After the elections, November 27, a senior source in The New York Times in the administration of the President of the United States ruled out any intervention by Russian hackers in the presidential election. In his statement stated that on the day of presidential elections in the United States there is no “advanced malicious cyberactivity” were recorded. The source added that U.S. elections were “free and fair from the point of view of cybersecurity”.