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Hoyer: Americans Should Have Transparency When It Comes To The Investigation Into Russia’s Interference In Our Elections

WASHINGTON, DC - House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) spoke on the House Floor today in support of a resolution expressing the sense of Congress that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report should be made public to the American people and Congress. Below is a transcript of his remarks and a link to the video:  
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“Mr. Speaker, last week the House passed H.R. 1, major legislation to strengthen voter access, address the corrosive influence of dark money in politics, institute national redistricting reform, and hold public officials accountable to higher standards of ethics and transparency.

“Taking the next step, this week is ‘Sunshine Week’ on the House Floor. The House has already passed several pieces of legislation this week to modernize government and increase transparency, accountability, and good governance. They include measures aimed at shining a light onto Russia's malign activities around the world and its suppression of democracy within its own borders.

“The resolution we now have before us expresses the sense of Congress that the American people ought to have transparency when it comes to the investigation into Russia's interference in our elections and efforts to undermine our democracy.  It says that the Special Counsel's report ought to be made public to the fullest extent of the law and that Congress should see all of it. 

“Nearly nine in ten Americans believe the Special Counsel's report should be made public, and we've heard that from Republicans in the Congress as well.  I hope this will be a bipartisan vote to tell the American people, you have the right to and ought to know the results of this report.

“One of my Republican colleagues, Representative Mike Turner from Ohio, said in February: ‘The report has to be made public.’  And [Senator] Susan Collins of Maine said, and I quote: ‘The American people deserve to know what the findings are of Mr. Mueller. I believe the report should be released,’ said Senator Collins. 

“Mr. Speaker, I urge my colleagues to join me, [House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold] Nadler, Republicans, and Democrats, in supporting this resolution and in calling for transparency.  Let's come together in a bipartisan vote to make it clear that the American people deserve to know the full extent of what Russia has done in the objective of subverting and undermining our democratic institutions.

“I thank the Chair for bringing this resolution to the Floor.  I urge all of us to support it.  Let's send a unanimous message to the Russians and to any other country or entity that would try to subvert our democratic elections that that will not be tolerated, and I yield back the balance of my time.”

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