Investigation in Congress about alleged Russian efforts to influence the U.S. presidential elections in November last year, is slowing. This is stated in the article in the Washington Times. The publication refers to its sources in the country’s legislative body.
One of the reasons for delaying the process was the tension between Democrats controlling Congress and Republicans. “It (the investigation) is interesting, but it does not justify the hopes. The Republicans plan to do one thing, Democrats another, in the end, they blame each other,” – said the representative of the Republican party. The investigation conducted by the special committees on intelligence in both houses of Congress, in which there are still contradictions among lawmakers. “It seems that Washington do the mechanical steps on the matter (trial in Russia) in the hope that it will go away” – said another source.
Among other obstacles, it calls the volatility in American public opinion on this issue, as well as the complex nature of the investigation – working with top secret documents. “We are in a real fight authoritarianism and autocracy with democracy and representative government – said the senior Democrat of the Subcommittee on intelligence of the house of representatives Adam Schiff (California). – At the moment the autocracy is ahead”.
The Chairman of the special Committee on intelligence of the Senate, Republican Richard Burr (North Carolina), called this trial one of the largest in the legislature. “This is one of the largest investigations, which saw the Congress with me,” said the Senator, who came to him in 1995.
Earlier, us lawmakers announced the beginning of the investigation committed during the presidential campaign of cyberattacks against American political organizations, the responsibility for which Washington is trying to ascribe to Moscow. These charges were one of the main pretexts for the introduction in December of the last year of sanctions, which touched on some Russian companies, FSB and Chief of the General staff of the armed forces. In addition, the U.S. government sent 35 Russian diplomats and announced the closure of two owned by Russian diplomatic villas in the States of new York and Maryland.
Moscow has repeatedly denied involvement in the cyber attacks. Commenting on these sanctions, the press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said that they are a manifestation of aggression.