It appears that the tables are turning as Russia is reportedly launching an investigation into whether the U.S. media illegally interfered in 2016 Kremlin parliamentary elections.
According to a report by Moscow Times on Wednesday, Leonid Levin – head of the legislative Committee on Information and Communication – reportedly said CNN, Voice of America and Radio Free Europe were among those being investigated as journalists at the news outlets may have interfered in Russian elections.
According to The Hill:
“The structures we are discussing are part of a larger American system of pressure on our country. They are using a variety of instruments in respect to both the Russian electoral process and on our country as a whole,” Levin said Tuesday at a State Duma committee meeting, according to the Moscow newspaper.
He said the committee invited representatives from both CNN and Voice of America to appear before it, but neither responded.
The U.S. funds Voice of America and Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe, while CNN is a privately owned broadcast company.
Levin noted that the U.S. is conducting similar investigations on Russian media.
“The U.S. Senate is considering a bill which grants the U.S. Justice Ministry — including the FBI — additional powers to investigate potential violations of U.S. law by RT America. Similar claims have been leveled at [state-funded English-language news website] Sputnik and other Russian media,” Levin continued.
F.B.I. Director James Comey confirmed in a March hearing before the House Intelligence Committee that the bureau is investigating the interference by Russian intelligence in the 2016 American presidential election — including any possible collusion by aides and associates of President Trump. He also stated that there is no evidence that the Kremlin in any way effected the votes cast.
CNN reported on Tuesday that the “FBI last year used a dossier of allegations of Russian ties to Donald Trump’s campaign as part of the justification to win approval to secretly monitor a Trump associate, according to US officials briefed on the investigation.”
Many point to the media’s chronic poor treatment of Donald Trump as evidence of a concerted effort to effect the US election. Now it appears that the liberal press will face charges of its interference in Russia. It appears that the more things change, the more they stay the same.