Senator Patrick Leahy Comments On General Clapper’s Remarks About The Serious Threat Of Russian Interference, And On Not Taking The Stability Of Our Democratic Institutions For Granted

“I think everyone should listen to what General Clapper said this weekend. We face a serious threat from Russia interfering with our elections and we need an independent special counsel to get to the bottom of that. But another part of his warning is that we need to stand guard against diminishing our own checks and balances in America.   We can no longer take the stability of our democratic institutions for granted.  I am deeply concerned when I see this Administration trying to undermine a free press, diminish the authority and independence of our courts, hamper independent law enforcement investigations, and manipulate the truth.  And the Republican leadership in Congress has stood silent.  That is as serious a threat as I have seen in my decades in the Senate.”

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