DNC Chair Statement on White House Steps to Address Russian Cyberattacks

WASHINGTON — President Obama today authorized a number of actions in response to the Russian government’s attack on our democracy and efforts to influence the outcome of the 2016 election. DNC Interim Chair, Donna Brazile issued the following statement:
“We applaud President Obama for taking these actions in response to the Russian government-sponsored cyberattacks on the DNC, the Clinton campaign, and our free and fair elections. However, more must be done.
“It has been widely reported that U.S. intelligence officials have a ‘high level of confidence’ that Russian President Vladimir Putin was personally involved in these attacks, even providing direction on how the stolen material was leaked. These intrusions were not just ‘hacks.’ They were attacks on the United States by a foreign power and should be treated as such. Therefore, today’s action alone by the White House is insufficient. Now it's time for President-elect Trump and the Republican leadership in Congress to put our national security before politics and show the American people that they are serious about protecting our democracy. That’s why I have called on Congress to launch a thorough, independent, and bipartisan investigation on the Russian government’s unprecedented interference in the 2016 election. 
“Historically, when a foreign government attacked our country, Republicans and Democrats put partisanship aside and stood together to protect the American people. Unfortunately, president-elect Donald Trump has denied the facts and demonstrated a disdain for the Intelligence Community, skipping intelligence briefings and dismissing evidence of Russian influence. He must take the threat of foreign meddling in our elections seriously and Congress has a duty to give the American people a full account of Russia's assault on our democracy. They can start by creating a select committee to investigate the Russian hacking.”