FB asked to testify on Russian meddling
WASHINGTON – The House and Senate intelligence committees are inviting tech giants Facebook, Twitter, and Alphabet – the parent company of Google – to appear for public hearings as part of their investigations into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, The Associated Press has learned.
The House intelligence committee is planning to hold a hearing in October and the Senate intelligence committee has invited witnesses to appear November 1. The announcements of public hearings come the day before Twitter is scheduled to hold closed-door staff briefings with both panels.
Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, confirmed the House hearing in an interview with the AP, though he noted a date had not yet been set.
In a joint statement, Schiff and Republican Rep. Mike Conaway from Texas, who is leading the House investigation, said they will hold an open hearing in the coming month “with representatives from tech companies in order to better understand how Russia used online tools and platforms to sow discord in and influence our election.”
They added, “Congress and the American people need to hear this important information directly from these companies.”