Rep. Lloyd Dogget: Commission needs to look into Russian hacking reports

U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett (KXAN Photo)
U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett (KXAN Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas lawmakers are calling for a commission to investigate Russian President Vladmir Putin’s connection to the email hacks during the Presidential election.

“The fact that this is now tied with great confidence by the intelligence community to Mr. Putin personally suggests that it’s at another level,” U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, told KXAN Thursday.

Doggett is advancing the call for a bi-partisan committee to investigate the claims in the House of Representatives. U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein, D-California, and other members of the Senate Intelligence Committee have already called for the commission, Doggett said.

“The American people deserve to know what happened here,” Doggett said.

Doggett and Feinstein aren’t alone. U.S. Senator John McCain, R-Arizona, called for an investigation into the hacking earlier this year. But, Doggett says an investigation isn’t enough and a bi-partisan commission would allow both parties to unite on investigating an issue that concerns all Americans.

Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a government meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. (Alexei Nikolsky/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

“The aggression that Russia has been involved in against us in this cyber security matter is a very serious matter that threatens our national security and our faith in democracy,” Doggett said. “We need a prompt response that is done fairly, equal number of Democrats and Republicans.”

Other leaders aren’t buying the claims that the hacking came from Russia. President-elect Donald Trump says there are other countries and people that may have been the culprit.

“They have no idea if it’s Russia or China or somebody. It could be somebody sitting in a bed some place,” Trump said during an interview on Fox News Sunday.

Still, the need to investigate extends beyond Russia’s alleged involvement in the elections. Cyber security, Doggett says, impacts more than America’s political landscape.

“It is about American security. It is about protecting our democracy and recognizing that these cyber security attacks, while directed against the political system now, could well be directed against our other infrastructure. All the things we rely on computers for, electric grids, telecommunications and the like,” said Doggett.

Earlier this year, Democrats came under fire after a series of emails were released detailing alleged efforts to undermine Senator Bernie Sander’s campaign. At the time, the FBI said they were looking at Russia as one possible suspect.