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Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster

Representing the 2nd District of New Hampshire

Kuster to Push for Independent Bipartisan Commission to Investigate Russian Interference in the 2016 Election

May 17, 2017
Press Release
**Kuster to sign discharge petition forcing a vote on the Protecting Our Democracy Act**

(Washington, DC) – Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) will sign a discharge petition to force a vote on bipartisan legislation, the Protecting Our Democracy Act. This legislation, of which Kuster is a co-sponsor, would create a 12-member, bipartisan, independent commission to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Kuster has repeatedly called for an independent investigation into potential collaboration between the Trump campaign and Russia.

“Our democracy has been threatened,” said Congresswoman Kuster. “We know that Russia executed a sophisticated campaign to sow distrust and confusion into our electoral process and the American people and Congress deserve to know the extent of this operation. The actions of President Trump and his Administration have left me deeply concerned that this investigation is not being taken seriously, or worse, that it is being purposely undermined. The recent revelations that President Trump may have attempted to end the investigation into General Flynn call into question his motives and the ability of an investigation to move forward with the authority and autonomy necessary to follow all leads. We need an independent, bipartisan commission so that we can know the truth and begin to restore confidence in our institutions. I support the Protecting Our Democracy Act and will sign today’s discharge petition to force a vote on this critical legislation.”