WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 13, 2019) – After a “sweeping and systemic” disinformation campaign directed by Russian President Vladimir Putin to undermine the 2016 elections, and recent warnings from FBI Director Christopher Wray that the United States should be prepared for another attack on the election systems in 2020, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement ahead of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s Tuesday meeting with President Putin:
“If Secretary Pompeo is going to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, he cannot give him a pass. He must confront Russia’s nefarious, systematic attack on the American election system. There should be no leniency on this issue – not when the fundamental principle of American democracy is at stake.”
Senator Heinrich has led bipartisan efforts to strengthen election cybersecurity in America and protect against foreign threats.