Watchdog files ethics complaint against Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) over Russian hacking claim

Watchdog files ethics complaint against Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) over Russian hacking claim
Bill Nelson (Image: Screen grab of MSNBC video)

[Ed. – This is in response to a claim Nelson made recently: that he’d been briefed on the Russians hacking Florida’s state voter information system.  The problem was, no one else had heard anything like this, including Florida Governor Rick Scott.]

A conservative watchdog group filed an ethics complaint Thursday against Senator Bill Nelson for his unsubstantiated claim that Russians “penetrated” Florida’s election systems.

In its complaint, the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT) charged that Nelson’s claim appears to have violated Senate Rules and Regulations.

“If Nelson’s statements were true, then he apparently was discussing and disclosing classified information he received from the Senate Intelligence Committee in violation of Senate rules and federal law,” reads the watchdog’s letter to Senators Johnny Isakson and Chris Coons, chairman and vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Ethics. “If Nelson’s statements are false, he disseminated false information on an issue of serious public concern with the authority of the Senate simply for political purposes.”

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