The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence today released the first loudnes of its bipartisan investigation into Russia’s attempts to interfere with the 2016 U.S. elections.
Helmed by Select Committee Chairman Richard Burr, the Republican from North Carolina, and Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner, who serves as Vice Chairman, the committee’s report “ Russian Efforts Against Election Infrastructure , ” details the unclassified summary encounters on poll protection.
Through two and a half years the committee has harboured 15 open hearings, interviewed over 200 evidences, and reviewed practically 400,000 certificates, according to a statement and will be publishing other loudness from its investigation over the next year.
“In 2016, the U.S. was unprepared at all levels of government for a concerted attack from a determined foreign adversary on our referendum infrastructure. Since then, we have learned much more about the specific features of Russia’s cyber activities and better understand the real and urgent threat this represents ,” Committee Chairman Burr said in a statement.” The Department of Homeland Security and country and local elections officials have dramatically changed how they approach referendum certificate, working together to bridge breaches in information sharing and shore up vulnerabilities .”
Both Sen. Burr and Sen. Warner said that additional steps still needed to be taken.
“[ There’s] still much more we can and must do to protect our elections. I hope the bipartisan findings and recommendations outlined in this report will highlight to the White House and all of our colleagues, regardless of political party, that this threat remains urgent, and we have a responsibility to defend our democracy against it.”
Among the Committee’s detects were that Russian intruders employed the seams between federal and state authorities. State election officials, review reports obtained were insufficiently urged or prepared to handle an attack from a district actor.
The admonishes that were provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security weren’t detailed fairly nor did the product contains fairly relevant information that would have encouraged the states to make threats more seriously, the report indicated.
More work still needs to be done, according to the Committee. DHS needs to coordinate its efforts with state officials much more closely. But territory required to do more as well to ensure that brand-new voting machines have a voter-verified paper trail.
So does Congress. The committee report underscores that Congress need to evaluate the results of the $380 million in district protection awards which were issued under the Help America Vote Act and ensure that additional funding is available to address any insurance gaps in voting systems and technologies around the U.S.
Finally, the U.S. needs to create more appropriate deterrence mechanisms to enable the country to respond effectively to cyber onslaughts on elections.
The Committee’s support for greater spending on election security and refining electoral programme to ensure safe and secure access to the ballot, comes as Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has blocked two ballot security measures that were attempting to come before the Senate floor for a vote.
New York Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer, tried to get consent to pass a House bill that requires the use of paper votes and included new funding for the Election Assistance Commission.
In a statement explaining his refusal of the Bill, McConnell told The Hill , “Clearly this application is not a serious effort to make a law. Clearly something so partisan that it only received one single lonely Republican vote in the House is not going to travel through the Senate by unanimous assent .”
McConnell likewise accepted a consent motion to pass legislation that would require that candidates, campaign officials, and family members to reach out to the FBI if they received offerings of assistance from foreign governments.