Senator Cory Booker, a Democrat from New Jersey, took the stage to the sounds of Bob Marley and the Wailers at the opening of his Senate hearing on cybersecurity, Tuesday, September 12, 2018.
Booker was joined by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Sen. Ed Markey, D.C. The senators are asking for answers on the extent of Russian meddling in the U.S. election and how the intelligence community is investigating it.
The hearing will be closed to the public.
In a statement, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said that the committee’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election “is going to be a thorough, rigorous investigation, which we are confident will produce meaningful and credible answers to the most fundamental questions: Why did the Russians do this?”
“The American people deserve to know exactly what the Russians did,” he said.
Booker’s office confirmed that he had been invited to speak by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Blumenthal and Warren are also expected to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee later in the day.
The Senate Intelligence committee is conducting its own investigation into Russia’s efforts to interfere in the election, but has not yet produced a report.
The committee’s top Democrat, Mark Warner, also took the podium at the Senate hearing.
He said that, given the scope of the Russian interference, “the Senate Intelligence committees should conduct a thorough and independent investigation into this matter and seek the full cooperation of the intelligence communities to conduct that inquiry.”
“The Intelligence Committees are conducting a comprehensive, nonpartisan investigation into the Russian election interference and Russian interference with our election,” Warner said.
“The public should be given an opportunity to be heard, and our job is to hold them to account. “
The American people have a right to know how the Russians interfered with our elections, and the Committee will do everything it can to get to the bottom of this matter. “
The public should be given an opportunity to be heard, and our job is to hold them to account.
On Monday, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R/W, and his staff also invited Blumenthal to testify at the same hearing. “
As the hearing continues, I encourage members of Congress to read the Senate Committee’s report and share their own conclusions,” Warner added.
On Monday, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R/W, and his staff also invited Blumenthal to testify at the same hearing.
Booker, who has been the subject of a number of Democratic senators’ calls for an independent inquiry into Russian meddling, has been pushing for the panel to investigate Russian meddling and alleged collusion with the Trump campaign.
Blumenthal was invited to testify by Booker in January, and later asked for the same information in February.
Booker said at the time that he would be “willing to testify if there is a legitimate and credible allegation against President Trump, which I don’t think there is,” and he said he wanted to see any information about Russian interference.
In addition to the senators’ request, Booker is also calling for the Senate to investigate the role of Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Russian government in the hacking and leaking of the emails of Democratic party members.
Blumenthal has said that he expects the investigation to be thorough.
“I expect the Committee to examine and hold accountable the individuals responsible for the actions of the Russians that affected our elections,” Booker said on Tuesday.