Grassley Statement at Subcommittee Hearing on Election Interference
*Note: This was the sixth full committee or subcommittee hearing held under Grassley’s leadership on protecting the integrity of U.S. elections.
Prepared Statement by Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa
Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee
At Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism Hearing
“Protecting Our Elections: Examining Shell Companies and Virtual Currencies as Avenues for Foreign Interference”
June 26, 2018
Thank you to everyone for being here today. And thank you to Chairman Graham and Senator Whitehouse for holding this hearing.
Congress continues to confront the election interference issue, and find all the ways that we can try to prevent it in future elections. The Judiciary Committee has taken a lead role in that effort. This is the seventh hearing that we’ve had on this single topic. Over the past 19 months, we’ve heard from a number of witnesses on this topic who’ve made a wide range of recommendations on how to deal with election interference as we approach the 2018 mid-terms. I’m pleased that the witnesses here today have offered to lend their expertise and offer their own perspectives.
I’ve also co-sponsored the Shell Company Abuse Act, along with Senators Whitehouse, Graham, Durbin, and Blumenthal. The bill incorporates some of the recommendations we’ve heard from experts on both sides of the aisle. This bipartisan bill shows that we can work together across party lines, put politics aside for the good of the country, and help secure our election infrastructure from foreign interference.
I look forward to hearing more from today’s witnesses about how what additional steps can be taken to protect our elections this year and beyond.