Congressman Jim Cooper

Representing the 5th District of Tennessee
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Cooper Calls for Independent Commission to Investigate Russian Hacking in 2016 Election

Jan 10, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05) today announced he is co-sponsoring the Protecting Our Democracy Act, a bill that would compel Congress to create a bipartisan, independent commission to examine foreign interference – specifically by Russia – in the 2016 election.

“Almost every Tennessean is suspicious of Russia and Putin, and rightly so. It would be wrong to overlook the attack on America by some of our worst enemies,” Rep. Cooper said. “We cannot sweep this under the rug. We should learn what happened and make sure it never happens again.”

American intelligence agencies have concluded with high confidence that the Russian government interfered in the 2016 election by hacking emails, spreading disinformation and promoting false political news.

Creating a new bipartisan commission is essential. Such a structure would encourage independence and avoid the limitations of individual congressional committees’ jurisdictional mandates.

Senators Chuck Schumer, Jack Reed, John McCain and Lindsey Graham recently agreed in a joint statement: “Democrats and Republicans must work together, and across the jurisdictional lines of the Congress, to examine these recent incidents thoroughly and devise comprehensive solutions to deter and defend against further cyber-attacks.”