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U.S. Senator from Virginia. Chairman, Senate Intel Committee.
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Sep 25, 2018 4 tweets 1 min read
Craft brewers like the ones I met in Charlottesville this weekend are worried about what tariffs will mean for their businesses, but it’s not just craft beer that’s looking at price increases. Working people and small businesses are the ones who will take the hit when prices go up for consumer products like clothes, air conditioners, and auto parts.
Sep 12, 2018 5 tweets 1 min read
We remain woefully underprepared to secure the upcoming elections, and an executive order is simply no substitute for congressional action, such as the strong measures included in the bipartisan DETER Act. If we are going to actually deter Russia and others from interfering in our elections in the future, we need to spell out strong, clear consequences, without ambiguity.
Sep 11, 2018 9 tweets 2 min read
I would have liked to meet with Judge Kavanaugh personally before deciding how I'd vote. Even attempted to set up a meeting with him, though unfortunately the White House never responded. So I’m just going to say it.

I’ll be voting no on Judge Kavanaugh. Here’s why: This is the most consequential Supreme Court vacancy in a generation, yet it has been the least transparent confirmation process in recent history.
Sep 7, 2018 4 tweets 1 min read
Despite constant attacks by the President and his allies, Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team have once again demonstrated that they are conducting a serious, professional investigation into the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russians during the 2016 election. As an influential foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, Mr. Papadopoulos was informed that Russia had ‘dirt’ on Hillary Clinton in the form of ‘thousands of emails’ at a critical time during the campaign.
Sep 7, 2018 5 tweets 2 min read
A year ago today millions of Americans learned their private data was stolen in the Equifax breach. The lack of action by the Administration and Congressional leadership to hold Equifax accountable and prevent future breaches is a pretty glaring failure. Consumers deserve better. I do take a slight issue with this headline, though. Earlier this year I helped pass legislation that provided for unlimited free credit freezes and unfreezes, which helps consumers impacted by data breaches like the Equifax hack. It’s a start, but is it enough? No way.
Sep 5, 2018 9 tweets 3 min read
While we have an empty chair for @Google at today’s hearing, I’m encouraged that @Facebook and @Twitter have chosen to constructively engage today and to publicly answer some difficult questions from the Intelligence Committee. It would be a serious understatement to say that much has changed in the aftermath of the 2016 U.S. campaign. With the benefit of hindsight, it is obvious that serious mistakes were made by each of the social media companies – as they were by the entire U.S. government.
Sep 5, 2018 10 tweets 2 min read
This morning the Senate Intelligence Committee will hear from @Jack and @SherylSandberg about their companies’ responses to foreign influence operations on social media platforms. Here’s what’s on my mind: Today’s hearing is not about “gotcha” questions or scoring political points. Our goal is to begin to tackle the challenges posed by foreign adversaries and other bad actors who are abusing these platforms to undermine our democracy and harm American consumers.
Aug 30, 2018 6 tweets 1 min read
Let’s be clear: this is not motivated by a sudden onset of fiscal responsibility. This has nothing to do with making government more cost-efficient. It’s just the latest attack in the Trump Administration’s war on federal employees. I’ve worked for years in the Senate to reduce duplicative and wasteful spending, and make government more efficient. If President Trump seriously wants to make that a priority, then I’d be happy to work with the White House on that effort.
Aug 21, 2018 4 tweets 1 min read
Further evidence that foreign adversaries are actively using social media to divide Americans and undermine our democratic institutions. I’ve been saying for months that there’s no way the problem of social media manipulation is limited to a single troll farm in St. Petersburg, and that fact is now beyond a doubt.
Aug 20, 2018 8 tweets 2 min read
Bob Mueller is a lifelong public servant, a Purple-Heart-decorated Marine veteran, and the man who led the FBI with distinction in the years following 9/11. No unhinged tweet can tarnish that record of service to our country. You’ll never hear Mueller talk or tweet about this, but the author @Vermontgmg managed to dig up the citation for Mr. Mueller’s Bronze Star with Valor that he earned in Vietnam for “courage, aggressive initiative, and unwavering devotion to duty.” It reads:
Aug 11, 2018 4 tweets 1 min read
Today we remember the lives lost following the deadly rally that occurred a year ago in Charlottesville, when a group of white nationalists came to a peaceful Virginia town seeking to use hate and division to incite violence against fair-minded, innocent civilians. These purveyors of hate and bigotry were emboldened to take their message public by a President who has refused to categorically and unequivocally condemn them in clear terms.
Aug 1, 2018 16 tweets 2 min read
This morning, the Senate Intel committee heard from top experts on social media manipulation and foreign influence operations like the one we saw during the 2016 election. Our Committee has invested a significant amount of time, focus and energy – both in public and behind closed doors – in uncovering and exposing Russian information warfare in our own backyard.
Jul 10, 2018 7 tweets 1 min read
There is much at stake with President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to fill the vacancy created by Justice Kennedy’s retirement. The next Supreme Court justice will determine whether women will maintain their constitutional right to reproductive health care and whether we will continue to protect people with pre-existing conditions from discrimination.
Jul 3, 2018 7 tweets 1 min read
Today Senate Intel released the unclassified summary of ​our findings on the ICA report into Russia's Interference in the 2016 election. Read it here:… After 16 months of reviewing the intelligence that went into this report, we have found that the ICA’s finding — that Russia interfered in the election to help Trump and to hurt Clinton — is well supported.
Jun 28, 2018 13 tweets 3 min read
And they’re lying. The President can either believe Russia or he can believe our country’s intel chiefs, generals, cabinet secretaries, and diplomats who’ve all said the same thing: Russia interfered in the 2016 election, and they’ll be back in 2018. The President can either believe his Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, or he can believe Vladimir Putin.…
Jun 27, 2018 6 tweets 1 min read
This morning I visited an HHS detention facility in Bristow, VA, where a number of immigrant minors are being held, 15 of whom were separated from their parents at the border. Some thoughts: I’ve known this facility for a long time, I’ve visited before, and according to the kids I spoke to, they’re being treated well there.
May 24, 2018 5 tweets 1 min read
The White House’s plan to provide a separate briefing for their political allies demonstrates that their interest is not in informing Congress, but in undermining an ongoing criminal investigation. If they insist upon carrying out this farce, the White House and its Republican allies in the House will do permanent, longstanding damage to the practice of bipartisan congressional oversight of intelligence.
May 18, 2018 5 tweets 1 min read
Everyone needs to pay attention to this. This is not ok. Here's why: The first thing any new member of the Intelligence Committee learns is the critical importance of protecting sources and methods.
May 15, 2018 10 tweets 3 min read
Mr. President, if you really want to put America first, don’t cut the White House Cybersecurity Coordinator — the only person in the federal government tasked with delivering a coordinated, whole-of-government response to the growing cyber threats facing our nation. We face threats from foreign adversaries and bad actors around the globe, and these threats are only going to get worse. Here are just a few examples of what we’re facing:
Apr 24, 2018 13 tweets 6 min read
From Yellowstone to Joshua Tree, Everglades to Shenandoah here in Virginia, our #NationaParks are a treasured part of America’s natural history and heritage. #NationalParksWeek Unfortunately, years of underfunding has produced a massive $11.6 billion (with a B) maintenance backlog at our national parks. Many are in a critical state of disrepair.
Mar 20, 2018 5 tweets 1 min read
As we head into the 2018 election, nothing could be more important than protecting the integrity of the vote. The Senate Intel Committee has six recommendations for how we can secure our election infrastructure and preserve confidence in our democracy. 1. Reinforce states’ primacy in running elections
2. Create effective deterrence against cyber threats
3. Improve information sharing on threats
4. Secure election-related systems
5. Secure voting systems
6. Assist states in improving cybersecurity