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Home | Opinion | Op-Ed: Hurd on the Hill: Russia is a threat

Op-Ed: Hurd on the Hill: Russia is a threat

Here’s something you won’t hear on cable news: Special Counsel Robert Mueller, our intelligence community and Republicans and Democrats in Congress all agree that Russia is a threat.

For over two years in Congress, I’ve fought for my friends in the intelligence community as a member of the House Intelligence Committee. Russia has been a primary focus of the Committee’s work because of repeated and persistent attempts by Vladimir Putin to challenge international norms and undermine the United States and our allies.

There’s no question that the Russians have meddled in our elections and will only continue to do so. Russia has one goal: to erode trust in our democratic institutions – between the American people and our intelligence services, between our intelligence services and our legislative branch, between our legislative branch and our executive branch.

However, as you may know, media coverage of the Special Counsel’s investigation has not focused on getting to the bottom of how Russia meddled in our election and how we prevent this from happening ever again.

Two years ago, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence found no collusion or conspiracy between Russia and the President or his campaign.

For two years, Robert Mueller’s independent investigation left no stone unturned, costing $25 million, employing 19 attorneys and 40 FBI agents, issuing 2,800 subpoenas, executing nearly 500 search warrants and interviewing approximately 500 witnesses – and came to the same conclusion that there was no collusion.

For the last 22 months, the Intelligence Community has been the subject of unprecedented controversy and abuse – because some of its own senior most leaders failed in their professional duties and abused their power, and because some members of Congress abused their position to feed speculation, innuendo and conspiracies, without evidence, into the minds of the American public.

Russia continues to erode our democracy by exploiting our nation’s divisions, and continuing this partisan bickering only provides more fuel to the fire started by Putin’s covert influence campaign. We can’t fall into their trap of eroding trust in our democratic institutions and must instead work together to create a strategy to counter Russia’s covert influence operations.

I spent nine and a half years as an undercover officer in the CIA during the Global War on Terror. My job was to stop bad people from doing bad things in our homeland. Part of my job while serving in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India was to brief members of Congress on our intelligence operations, and I was alarmed by the lack of knowledge our Congressional leaders had on these important issues impacting the safety of the American people.

I couldn’t sit there and allow this problem to continue – I needed to do something about it. That’s when I decided to leave a job I loved and was good at to help our intelligence community in a different way – as a member of Congress. I’ll continue to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to ensure our adversaries cannot undermine trust in our democratic institutions and are held accountable for their actions.

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A former undercover CIA officer, entrepreneur and cybersecurity expert, Will Hurd is the U.S. Representative for the 23rd Congressional District of Texas. In Washington, he serves on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, where he is the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Intelligence Modernization and Readiness, and the House Committee on Appropriations, where he serves on the Subcommittees on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development.

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15 comments

  1. Mueller's gone but the party is just starting!

    HELLO EARTHLINGS! and Y’ALL Thought that Ronald Reagan won the cold war didn’t YA?
    Russia has always been a threat to the United States. When they were the Soviet Union and even more now that they are Russia without their occupation of those countries they use to rule at will.
    Vladimir Putin wants to return Russia back to it’s old glory days as the Evil Empire of the Soviet Union!
    Crimea and eastern Ukraine ring a bell! anybody in the far right!
    And with help of Donald Trump and communist China! that is very possible more than ever!. Donald Trump did collude with Russia even though it’s not mentioned in the Mueller report, so they say.
    Donald Trump is Russia’s greatest asset! and he resides in the swamp, it use to be the house of the American people called the White House!
    And here we have this sorry ass hypocrite, Will Hurd,telling us that Russia is a threat! Last week he told us that he wants Intelligence Committee Chairman, Adam Schiff to resign! That’s a RUSSIAN WAY OF THINKING! and Donald Trump’s way of thinking too.
    Just because Will Hurd worked as a CIA agent, don’t make him an American Patriot! he’s stinking republican like the rest of them pro Russian republicans including John Cornyn and Ted Cruz!
    They are playing politic games on the American people, since they all protect and defend and cover up for Russia’s greatest asset, Donald J Trump! Didn’t Y’ALL learn anything from Paul Manafort! did you really learn anything? And what about Michael Flynn?????

  2. Mueller's gone but the party is just starting!

    Don’t believe the republicans! they are all on Russia’s side just like Donald Trump is Vladimir Putin’s puppet!
    Will Hurd was a CIA agent,yet he favors and supports Donald Trump! a well known Russian colluding POS!
    By all means that Russia is a threat to all the west, and not just the United States! They interfere with every western democracy, and they asked Donald Trump to pull out of NATO!
    With Donald Trump in authoritarian power, Donald Trump is what makes Russia GREAT AGAIN! of course it requires some puppet string pulling by Vladimir Putin.

    • After reading your bullshit and as a school trained Phycologist I have diagnosed you with:

      Trump Derangement Syndrome

      Simply put, Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS) is a illness that hard left liberals, anti-trump conservatives, and progressives have. These are very hateful people who cannot have reasonable arguments or conversations about common sense issues. If you encounter someone with Trump Derangement Syndrome, we should go easy on them, they’ve been fed false propaganda and false fallacies. Counter them with “Fuck You”! These individuals suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome often say “orange man bad” Even after constant facts and logic, they will still say Trump sucks

      • Mueller's gone but the party is just starting!

        Well, you do admit that you are a troll, what kind of school trained Psychologist are you when you can’t even spell the word psychologist correctly?
        Oh! I get it, you happen to be one of those uneducated deplorable’s that Donald Trump says he loves the uneducated.
        Besides! there is no such thing as Trump Derangement Syndrome in or from the far left.
        It’s all in your delusional brainwashed mind! Obviously you watch DEEP STATE FoxTURD Fake News! so who’s got you by your tiny balls? Tucker Carlson,Sean Hannity,Jeanine Pirro,Laura Ingraham or the Ghost of Bill O’Reilly!
        What the hell is a matter with you Troll Boy No.1? you wouldn’t know how to fuck anyone even if you wanted to.
        Go to the book store and buy yourself a dildo,then you can counter yourself when your hormones are in a rage, Due to the wild hair deep up your ass.

  3. All potatoes, no meat

    Rep Hurd,
    ” I’ll continue to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to ensure our adversaries cannot undermine trust in our democratic institutions and are held accountable for their actions.”

    What exactly ARE you doing? That sentence tells us nothing. Are you standing up to your president and demanding answers? Or have you become a lemming like the rest of your GOP colleagues?

    • The Original Maga

      The GOP doesn’t need to stand up to our President. They need to stand up to the obstructionist democrats and support this President. He has faced nothing but harassment, buYong and attempted coup after coup by these sore loser democrats. This President is kicking butt amd taking names. He us deal g with Russia. He is dealing with Iraq and North Korea. He is dealing with China. He is dealing with militant muslims. The Democrats don’t like it because he is doing more in 2 years than Obama did in 8. And he’s doing it his way..

      • Mueller's gone but the party is just starting!

        Was it a full moon on Saturday night The Original Cucaracha Maggot? the only damn fool that is destroying our constitution and democracy is.Donald Trump, this was no harassment or a coup on Donald Trump,but as usual you are so stupid as a rock. NO! the democrats are not sore losers, it’s the republicans that are the sore losers, and you are in total denial because you keep losing by defending a bragging sore loser. An idiot that lied about his bone spurs, to avoid serving his country during the Vietnam War. Is that why he keeps attacking the late senator John McCain, McCain is dead The Original Maggot, and McCain was a WAR HERO!
        Something Donald Trump didn’t have the balls to be,so what’s this about Donald Trump taking names? Where in the hell do you think you live you dumb ass moron.This is not the Philippines or Russia,FOOL!
        A TRADE WAR with China, what about all those millions of jobs he was going to bring back from China? So where are they? The American farmers are stuck in limbo because of Donald Trump with his trade wars.
        Democrats are going after his tax records and Richard Neal is going to get them from the IRS! Democrats are here to have over sight on the government. To end the republican corruption and to take away the tax cuts that the wealthy rich never needed.
        I will tell you something else! President Barack Obama will go down in History as a GREAT AMERICAN PRESIDENT! so stick that in your crack pipe and smoke it you CUCARACHA!
        Trump is the worst of the worst, Donald Trump came to Washington to drain the swamp! HE IS THE SWAMP! and he is also Vladimir Putin’s PUPPET!
        Donald Trump is RUSSIA’S GREATEST ASSET!
        What’s Iraq got to do with this! did you mean Iran? And North Korea is “NEVER GOING TO DENUCLEARIZE” GET IT? not over your’s or Donald Trump’s dead body. In 2 years all Donald Trump has done is roll back president Obama’s accomplishments. He is a sorry ass hole, envious and very jealous of an African American president that will go down in history as one of America’s TOP TEN GREATEST PRESIDENTS!
        Donald Trump will be down there with Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Charles Manson,Mohammed Atta,and all the Mass Murderers of the world.
        And this has only been nearly 4 months since the democrats won back the congress, and YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHING YET! Cucaracha! you are getting your butt kick as I type on my key board! THE TRUTH HURTS,DON’T IT?

        DONALD TRUMP FOR PRISON IN 2021!
        HE’S GOING DOWN!

        • Alberto for prison in 2020!!!

        • The Original MAGA

          Trump won. Democrats lost. Democrats crying about it = jealousy from Democrats. It’s really very quite simple. And you can no longer say that Obama administration is clean. The DOJ will soon be opening 8 investigations into high level Obama officials. What goes around comes around. Oh and before you start with your dreamland, uneducated, incoherent rambling, it won’t matter if they find anything or not. Once the accusation is there it’s there. Just ask the corrupt Mueller supporters. They didn’t find a thing and yet the witch hunt continues. I hope Devin Nunes requests an investigation on every Obama official and drags their names through the dirt and ruins their lives too. You better hope they remember exactly what they said to Congress because once it’s proven that they “lied” to Congress because they got one little detail wrong they will face the same fate as Gen. Flynn and the rest. It’s a shame that it’s come to that and I normally wouldn’t want that but it’s what it’s going to take to get a single-minded CNN hypnotized nut bag like you to understand. Wait, nevermind. Obama and his little gang of thugs could be sitting in prison and you still wouldn’t get it. You’d be sitting here saying he was targeted because he was the first African American President.

    • Are you triggered? Need a safe space?

      • Mueller's gone but the party is just starting!

        You are a white nationalist holding out in El Paso waiting for your superiors in NAZI-LANDIA! to give you the orders to open fire. You are Mad Mike! the despicable scumbag! Nazi Landia! a terrorist cell hiding in El Paso.
        Mad Mike, CACARACHA INDIVIDUAL 1.

        • ALBERTO FOR PRISON IN 2020

          • Mueller's gone but the party is just starting!

            IN YOUR DREAMS! ASSHOLE MAD MIKE!!
            you as a racist white nationalist bigot fair way better of going to prison any day now. When you snap,I believe you’ll go on a killing spree. You are a menace to society,and and all the CUCARACHAS over at the KVIA commenting forum.
            I might even be the one to arrest you Mad Mike! So, Don’t Mess with Texas and down’t mess with me.
            I could be your worst nightmare.
            MAD MIKE! SUSPECT CUCARACHA INDIVIDUAL 1.

          • Mueller's gone but the party is just starting!

            MAD MIKE! (SUSPECT CUCARACHA INDIVIDUAL 1)
            a ticking time bomb sleeping cell terrorist!

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