President Obama: Declassify Information about the Russian Role in the 2016 Election

Dear Mr. President:

Seven Senators who sit on the Intelligence Committee have asked you to declassify information about Russian influence on the 2016 election. Apparently they’ve seen something we haven’t, something concerning.

Seven US Senators ask you to declassify information “concerning the Russian Government and the U.S. election.”

In addition, seven senior members of the House of Representatives demanded a briefing from the White House on the same topic.

You’ve done a remarkable job over the past eight years, a period of our history for which I am far more grateful now than I was just a few months ago. Thanks in large part to your patient, resourceful, and responsible decisions over two difficult terms, I can see that you have fulfilled your trust, and that you will hand over a democracy to your successor. Many members of Congress, and many of their constituents, however, are deeply concerned about the possibility that our democracy was subjected to improper foreign influence during the November election.

The potential consequences of such interference are so serious, so catastrophic, that a group of 158 concerned scholars from a wide range of disciplines have called for a Congressional investigation.

If our elected representatives have reason to believe you should share information “concerning the Russian Government and the U.S. election,” you should share it.

Please give the Senators the declassification on the topics they have requested, and brief the House members on the matters they have specified. And please do it now.

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