House Dem warns: ‘We can be certain’ Russia will interfere in 2018

Rep. Brad SchneiderBradley (Brad) Scott SchneiderOmar hits back at Pelosi over BDS remarks Hoyer defends Israel in veiled shot at Omar House Dems unveil measure to reject anti-Israel boycotts MORE (D-Ill.) on Wednesday told his colleagues he is certain Russia “will be back next year” to attempt to interfere with American elections.

“The ongoing threat to the integrity of our elections is real and only likely to increase is 2018,” he said during a speech on the House floor.

Schneider said Congress and the Department of Justice should collaborate to implement measures to protect the country’s election systems and called the lack of movement from the Trump administration thus far “unacceptable.”


“The clock is quite literally ticking,” he said, noting 2018 midterm elections are less than a year away. 

Intelligence officials have concluded Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election. President TrumpDonald John TrumpThorny part of obstruction of justice is proving intent, that's a job for Congress Obama condemns attacks in Sri Lanka as 'an attack on humanity' Schiff rips Conway's 'display of alternative facts' on Russian election interference MORE, however, has at times cast doubt on whether he agrees.

Schneider is a member of the House Judiciary Committee, which is one of several congressional committees conducting an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 race.

He expressed disappointment in the recent testimony from Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsThe Memo: Mueller's depictions will fuel Trump angst Collins: Mueller report includes 'an unflattering portrayal' of Trump Trump frustrated with aides who talked to Mueller MORE and Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinKellyanne Conway: Mueller didn't need to use the word 'exoneration' in report Impeachment? Not so fast without missing element of criminal intent Collins: Mueller report includes 'an unflattering portrayal' of Trump MORE, both of whom spoke before the committee in recent weeks.

“This is not a partisan issue. The very foundation of our democracy depends on the integrity of our elections,” Schneider said.