The House Intelligence Committee said Wednesday that it will hold an open hearing on Russian interference in the 2016 election, inviting technology firms to testify.
“Congress and the American people need to hear this important information directly from these companies,” said committee leaders Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas) and Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffJan. 6 committee chair says panel will issue a 'good number' of additional subpoenas Jan. 6 panel subpoenas four ex-Trump aides Bannon, Meadows Schiff: Criminal contempt charges possible for noncooperation in Jan. 6 probe MORE (D-Calif.)
It’s still unclear what companies will be asked to testify at the hearing. Schiff has noted that he would like to see more details in regard to Russian actors purchasing ads and using Facebook to potentially influence American voters during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Congressional interest in foreign actors using U.S. social media platforms to influence the 2016 election flared up after Facebook revealed that Kremlin-linked groups purchased $100,000 in political ads during the 2016 campaign season.
Facebook is turning over the 3,000 Russian ads to lawmakers, however, Schiff and the Senate Intelligence Committee’s top Democrat, Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerPanic begins to creep into Democratic talks on Biden agenda Democrats surprised, caught off guard by 'framework' deal Schumer announces Senate-House deal on tax 'framework' for .5T package MORE (Va.), have said they’re interested in learning about more than just the ads from social media companies. The two believe that Congressional hearings will help accomplish this.
Twitter is set to brief Senate staff over its findings of Russian election activity on its platform this week.
Google has said it has not found any evidence that its advertising tools were manipulated by foreign actors seeking to influence the election.