After getting hacked during the 2016 presidential election by Russia, the Democratic National Committee(DNC) has been wanting to have an investigation on Russia. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Ca.) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) introduced a bill called The Protecting Our Democracy Act, which would create an 18-month, 12-member independent investigation into the role of Russia and any other foreign entity into the elections.
The tricky part behind the bill is getting Republicans on board, as most of them opposed setting up a special committee to look into Russia’s hacking of the election. However, Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) has become the first House Republican to co-sponsor the bill.
Swalwell said in a statement, “Congressman Jones is brave enough to do the right thing.”
Jones once served in the North Carolina House as a Democrat before he switched parties, so him supporting the bill isn’t very surprising.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has also offered support for setting up a select committee to look into Russia’s involvement in the election.
The Trump campaign has tried their hardest to minimize the severity of Russia’s hack on the election. But, Michael Flynn’s recent scandal with a Russian ambassador to the US has raised more of a concern. Flynn was forced to resign earlier in the week after misleading Vice President Pence about conversations with Russia before Trump took office.