Jones calls for FEC, DoJ investigation after NY Times ‘secret experiment’ report — ‘Hell, I’m as outraged as everybody else about it’
Thursday during a conference call with reporters, Sen. Doug Jones (D-Mountain Brook) reacted to a report from the New York Times published late Wednesday detailing a so-called “secret experiment” conducted by “Democratic tech experts” and carried out on social media to interfere with the 2017 U.S. Senate special election in Alabama.
Jones expressed that he was “outraged” and called for the Federal Elections Commission and the Department of Justice to investigate the allegations and prosecute if necessary.
“Hell, I’m as outraged as everybody else about it,” Jones said. “I have railed against Russian interference in our election process ever since I started campaigning and during this first year in the Senate. I think we have all focused too much on just the Russians and not picked up on the fact that you know what? Some nefarious groups, whether they’re right or left can take those same playbooks and interfere with the electors for their own damn benefit. I got to tell you, I’m not happy about it.”
“I don’t think it had any effect on the campaign,” he continued. “In fact, I think the article said it was so small, it was only an experiment. I will tell you this: I think the FEC, the Federal Elections Commission, and the Department of Justice ought to take a close look at this and whether or not any criminal laws were violated, and if so, prosecute them. We have to nip this in the bud. We should not allow to happen or encourage any group regardless of who they are and may be well intentioned do the kind of things that illegally interfere with the election process. That is my position. I feel very strong about it.”