A day after former special counsel Robert Mueller reiterated his report’s findings to Congress about Russian contacts with the Trump campaign, Nevada’s Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto signed on to cosponsor a bill requiring campaigns to report foreign interference to the FBI.
The “Duty to Report Act” was introduced in April by Democratic Sens. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island. The legislation quickly picked up several cosponsors, including all six Senate Democrats running for president — Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren.
Thursday Cortez Masto became the 21st Democrat to sign as a cosponsor.
“If a federal candidate, or any member of their campaign, receives unsolicited information from a foreign power about a rival candidate, they should have a legal duty to notify the FBI. It’s that simple,” Cortez Masto said in a statement.
“It’s what President Trump and his allies should have done in 2016, and it’s what his campaign, and all campaigns, must be required to do in the future. We can’t allow foreign countries to meddle in our democratic process if we are to protect the integrity of our elections and ensure the voices of Nevadans, and all American voters, are heard.”
On introduction the bill was assigned to the Senate Rules Committee where, if it meets the typical fate of Democratic legislation in the Republican controlled Senate, it will never see the light of day.