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Rep. Rice Statement on the Need for an Election Security Czar:

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Washington, July 16, 2018 | Michael Aciman | comments

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice released the following statement today calling for the creation of an Election Security Coordinator to oversee all U.S. election security efforts:

“Friday’s indictments were further confirmation of what we already knew: The Russian government oversaw an extensive operation to influence our 2016 election. But President Trump’s response at today’s joint press conference with President Putin was shockingly weak, submissive and frankly, frightening. The President continues to take the word of President Putin, a former KGB agent, over the concrete findings of our own intelligence community.

“Right now our country is facing an unprecedented threat from a foreign adversary. An Election Security Coordinator would bring oversight and cohesion to our splintered election security strategy, and would be responsible for overseeing and coordinating all election security efforts across federal agencies. Russia was already successful once, and with Election Day just four months away, we need nothing less than an all-hands-on-deck response, including regular public briefings on an Election Security Coordinator’s progress and work.   

“According to recent testimony from Department of Homeland Security Under Secretary Christopher Krebs, Russia is actively trying to interfere in our 2018 elections. And while there are multiple federal agencies working to combat foreign influence and electronic hacking, there is no one in charge of coordinating their efforts to ensure they are successful. We cannot have such a dispersed and piecemeal approach to this pressing threat. We need to have someone at the highest level of government who is responsible for bringing our federal agencies together to counter all forms of election interference in an organized and concerted manner.

“Before they go to the polls in November, the American people deserve real assurance that our government is taking every necessary step to protect our elections. Anything less is unacceptable.”

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