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Salud Carbajal: ‘Grave questions remain’ in wake of national security adviser’s resignation

Rep. Salud Carbajal is among the Democratic House sponsors of the Protecting Our Democracy Act for an independent investigation into Russia’s alleged involvement in the 2016 election.
Rep. Salud Carbajal is among the Democratic House sponsors of the Protecting Our Democracy Act for an independent investigation into Russia’s alleged involvement in the 2016 election. dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

“Grave questions remain” about the Donald Trump administration’s communications with Russia before and after the inauguration, Rep. Salud Carbajal said on Twitter on Tuesday, after the resignation of Michael Flynn as national security adviser amid allegations he lied about his contacts with Russian officials.

Carbajal said those concerns were why he was among the co-sponsors of the Protecting Our Democracy Act introduced by House Democrats to create an independent commission to investigate Russia’s influence on the 2016 election and its potential influence on the Trump administration.

The bill, authored by representatives Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., and Elijah Cummings, D-Md., was first introduced in December and then re-introduced Jan. 6 at the start of the 115th Congress. Nearly every House Democrat signed onto the bill, which has sat idle at the House Committee on Foreign Affairs since.

On Tuesday, Carbajal tweeted, “Americans deserve concrete answers regarding the President and his advisers’ relationship with Russian officials, to ascertain the risk to our national security.”

Carbajal represents the 24th District, which includes San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties, and a portion of Ventura County.

The Protecting Our Democracy Act calls for the creation of the National Commission on Foreign Interference in the 2016 Election, which would investigate alleged efforts by the Russian government or related entities to hack electronic systems of the Democratic National Committee, Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta or former Secretary of State Colin Powell, as well as alleged attempts to hack voter databases from Arizona, Illinois and Florida. It would also investigate efforts by any foreign entity to promote false news during the election.

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