Hunter Calls for House Intelligence Committee Chairman to Step Down

New Leadership Necessary to Respond to Russian Targeting of Florida Voters

Chris Hunter, a former senior federal prosecutor with the United States Department of Justice and former FBI agent, today called for Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, to resign from the committee that provides oversight of  the intelligence community.

“Florida has a Russian target on it,” Hunter said.  “The indictment the Department of Justice announced one week ago today should serve as a warning of what’s to come, especially here in Florida.  We need leaders united against Russian aggression, not politicians trying to cover it up.”

One week ago, the Department of Justice announced the indictment of the Russian-backed Internet Research Agency and numerous Russian intelligence operatives for crimes directed at destabilizing the democratic electoral process.  The charges include detailed descriptions of political rallies and activities organized, directed, and paid for by Russian intelligence operatives targeting Florida voters.

“Russian intelligence will target Florida again,” stated Hunter, who held a Top Secret security clearance and handled foreign counterintelligence investigations.  “Russia’s acts of cyberwarfare against the United States and aggressive Russian intelligence operations in Florida  require nonpartisan leadership now to respond to what happened and work to prevent what’s coming.”

“Devin Nunes has breached the nonpartisan trust necessary for the House Intelligence Committee to function effectively,” Hunter said.  “The tradition of nonpartisanship in matters of foreign counterintelligence is critical to protecting our nation’s security.  On Nunes’ watch, Florida and the rest of our country is left exposed and vulnerable.”

“Gus Bilirakis should join me in calling for his colleague to step down now from the House Intelligence Committee,” Hunter said.  “Replacing Nunes is necessary so the House Intelligence Committee can refocus on core national security priorities: strengthening our counterintelligence capabilities and protecting our democratic electoral processes.”

Hunter, a Democrat, announced his candidacy January 2 for Florida’s 12th congressional district seat currently held by Republican incumbent Gus Bilirakis.