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H.R.6046 - Duty to Report Act of 2018

To require candidates for election for public office to notify the Federal Bureau of Investigation upon receiving unsolicited information about other candidates in the election from a foreign power or an agent of a foreign power, and for other purposes.

You might favor this bill if:
►  You believe candidates running for public office, their immediate families, and any person involved in their campaigns, should notify the FBI if any of them are told about or offered unsolicited information about another candidate running for the same office if they believe that information to come from a foreign power or government.

You might oppose this bill if:
►  You believe the bill could affect a candidate’s opposition research and could potentially prevent certain information from being revealed.

The Duty to Report Act would make it a crime for federal candidates, their immediate families, or people involved with their campaigns to fail to notify the Federal Bureau of investigation (FBI) if any of them are told about, offered, or receive in an unsolicited way non-public, materially significant information about another candidate for the same office which they know or should know is from a foreign power or the agent of a foreign power.

In simpler terms, should candidates, their family members, or campaign workers receive unsolicited information from a foreign country regarding their opponent, they must disclose this information with the FBI.

The bill does offer some exceptions for certain information. The following information does not have to be shared with the FBI:
- Information which candidates or individuals can believe the information is in the public domain; and
- information which no person would reasonably believe could be used to the advantage of the campaign of the candidate who receives such information or to whom the information is offered to (i.e. family members, etc..).

According to Rep. Swalwell, this legislation was introduced in consequence to the Trump family acknowledging that Russia offered them “dirt” on Donald Trump’s opponent, Hillary Clinton, during the 2016 presidential election.

In his press release, Rep. Swalwell says,

“Donald Trump Jr. was told that Russia was offering him this information as part of its support for his father’s candidacy, but instead of reacting with concern or alarm that a foreign power was trying to meddle in a domestic U.S. election, he said he would “love” to get his hands on this information. He, then-Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, and Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner later met with the Russian representatives, two years ago this Saturday, June 9. Another Trump campaign aide, George Papadopoulos, also was told that Russia had “dirt” on Clinton, in the form of “thousands of emails.” He also failed to alert anyone that our election could be targeted by Russia.”

“Russia clearly tried to help a Republican campaign in 2016, but that nation or some other could just as easily try to swing a future election some other way, so this is not a partisan issue,” sponsor of the bill Rep. Swalwell said. “We must make it clear that no foreign attempts to influence our elections will be tolerated.”

“This should be a no-brainer. This isn’t about Republicans and Democrats—it’s about Americans standing together to proclaim that they won’t accept foreign efforts to taint electoral politics. To resist such a joint statement is to contribute to the very divisions America’s adversaries seek to exploit in our society,” Rep. Swalwell continued.


Sponsored by: Rep. Swalwell, Eric [D-CA-15]

Cosponsored by: 0 Rep / 16 Dem.

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