Congressman Paul Cook

Representing the 8th District of California
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Rep. Cook to Take Part in Foreign Affairs Committee Hearing on Russian Disinformation

Mar 7, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON- Rep. Paul Cook (R- Apple Valley) announced today that he will participate in a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing this Thursday on “Undermining Democratic Institutions and Splintering NATO: Russian Disinformation Aims.” Rep. Cook serves as the Vice Chair on the Foreign Affairs Committee.

Rep. Cook said, “President Putin is one of the most dangerous leaders in the world. I’m very concerned about potential Russian meddling not only in our country, but around the world. President Putin has been seeking ways to undermine our NATO alliance and foster distrust of civic institutions. I hope this hearing can help to shed light on these hostile covert actions by the Russians and help us form a strategy for countering their interference in the future.”

In announcing the hearing, Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce noted, “For too long, the U.S. response to Russian aggression has been weak and ineffective – and that has to change. This hearing will allow us to examine ways to better counter Russia’s weaponization of information and other hostile acts.”

The committee hearing will take place on Thursday, March 9 at 10 AM EST and can be viewed live on the House Foreign Affairs Committee website at: https://foreignaffairs.house.gov/hearing/hearing-undermining-democratic-institutions-splintering-nato-russian-disinformation-aims/

A member of the House Foreign Affairs, Armed Services, and Natural Resources Committees, Cook served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.