- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 10, 2019

A group of Democratic House chairmen of national security committees have joined the push for Congress to obtain the full, unredacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Chairmen Adam Smith of the Armed Services Committee, Adam Schiff of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and Eliot Engel of the Foreign Affairs Committee, sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr urging him to hand over the report to lawmakers.

“The United States faces an ongoing, extensively documented threat from the government of the Russian Federation in its use of influence operations to undermine U.S. national security interests and particularly our democratic system of government,” the chairmen wrote.

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They argued that because of the policy decisions their committees make, they need to see the unredacted report “to legislate and conduct effective oversight” in their areas of jurisdiction including deterrence, counterintelligence and cyber security.

“To discharge our constitutionally required responsibilities and protect our country moving forward,” the chairmen wrote, “it is crucial that we learn from the Russian activities covered by the special counsel’s investigation.”

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