The first House Republican has signed the bill to create an independent committee to investigate Russia's involvement in the election, according to reports.
Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., signed onto the "Protecting Our Democracy Act," which calls for an independent probe all House Democrats had co-sponsored but House Republicans had opposed.
"Walter Jones deserves credit for being the first House Republican – but hopefully not the last – to acknowledge that our nation deserves an independent, bipartisan investigation into Russia’s hacking of our democracy in last year’s election," Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., said in a statement, per The Charlotte Observer.
President Donald Trump called reports of Russian ties to his administration "a ruse" Thursday.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has said the intelligence committee is already looking into Russia's involvement in the election, so "I don't think we need to go through setting up a special committee."
Jones' move is not out of character for the Republican who had served as a Democrat in the North Carolina House before switching parties, according to The Hill.
"Congressman Jones is brave enough to do the right thing," Rep. Swalwell added, per The Hill.
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