Deputy Attorney Rod Rosenstein today announced the indictment of twelve Russian intelligence officials for their roles in “conspiring to interfere with the 2016 Presidential election. According to the NYT’s, Rosenstein stated that among other crimes, the accused Russian national “hacked the website of a state election board and stole information about 500,000 voters.” Democratic Attorney General candidate Sean Shaw offered the following statement:
“Today’s indictment is further proof that our election system was under attack during the 2016 Presidential election and will likely be under attack in the upcoming election. The President’s failure to respond to Russia’s behavior with clear and decisive action is an abdication of his duties and a threat to our national security. As Attorney General, I will do everything in my power to secure our election systems and protect the voters of Florida. Floridians expect fair and safe elections and democracy demands it.”
Raised in North Florida, Representative Sean Shaw was taught the importance of public service from a young age by his father, Leander Shaw, the first African-American Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court. During law school at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, Sean clerked for a United States District Court judge focusing on constitutional law and the protection of civil rights. After law school, Sean worked in private practice representing workers, families, and small businesses during some of their most trying times. As Florida’s Insurance Consumer Advocate, Sean was an insurance industry watchdog protecting consumers against abuses from insurers. He led the process of negotiating lower rates for homeowners, pushed for faster response times from insurers after emergencies, and ensured rates were fair and justified. He currently represents State House District 61 in Tampa, where he has fought for more funding for public education, for criminal justice reforms, and for common sense gun safety legislation to make communities safer.