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Congressman Tim Ryan

Representing the 13th District of Ohio

Congressman Tim Ryan Statement on Special Counsel Mueller's Indictments Regarding Russian Interference in American Elections

February 16, 2018
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan released the following statement after Special Counsel Mueller released new indictments against 13 Russian nationals and 3 Russian entities for violating U.S. criminal laws by conspiring to defraud the United States by interfering with U.S. elections and political processes:

“There is no doubt that Russia set out to, and succeeded at, meddling in our democratic process. Today’s new indictments illustrate that with startling clarity. While our President still refuses to acknowledge the seriousness of the threat we’re facing, our intelligence community and the ongoing work of Special Counsel Mueller have confirmed that – far from a hoax – our democracy itself was attacked. Not only did meddling occur, efforts are still underway to influence upcoming elections and create further discontent,” Said Congressman Ryan. “American democracy has always stood as a beacon for freedom around the world. Russia is determined to destabilize our democracy and sow chaos in our country. They want to show democracy cannot work, and that strongmen, oppression, and cronyism are the only paths forward. We cannot allow that. It’s not just the security of our elections at stake, but the viability of democracy itself. I urge President Trump and Congressional Republicans to get serious about this threat and take immediate action to safeguard our elections from foreign interference.”