December 1, 2016

Heinrich asks Obama to declassify info on Russian involvement in elections

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich at the announcement of the approval of the SunZia transmission line in January, 2015. Photo via Martin Heinrich's office

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich wants the information about the Russian government’s involvement in the recent U.S. election to be declassified.

Heinrich and the other Democratic members of the Senate Intelligence Committee wrote a short letter to President Barack Obama asking for the declassification.

“We believe there is additional information concerning the Russian Government and the U.S. election that should be declassified and released to the public,” the letter reads.

The letter says specifics on the call for declassification were sent “through classified channels.”

In October, the Obama administration said that Russia was responsible for hacking of the Democratic National Committee emails. A private security firm said that Russian hackers were also behind the hacking of John Podesta’s emails. Podesta was Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman.

Some Democrats have blamed the emails for Hillary Clinton’s loss in the presidential campaign.

Wikileaks published the Podesta emails in the weeks leading up to the election. Contents of the emails revealed some of the inner workings of the Clinton Foundation and Clinton campaign as well as excerpts from Clinton’s speeches to banks and other Wall Street entities.