New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is introducing a bill that would give the Justice Department additional authority to investigate Russia's english-language news outlet RT America for possible violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act.
The bill, called the Foreign Agents Registration Modernization and Enforcement Act, would increase the Department of Justice’s power to compel organizations to produce information about their foreign connections and the sources of their funding.
Shaheen, a Democrat, said that the bill comes in response to a report from the Director of National Intelligence about Russian influence in the 2016 election, part of which examined RT America. That report stated that RT News was skirting disclosure requirements by using a nonprofit structure, and that RT's programming intended to advance stories that benefited Russian interests.
“We have good reason to believe that RT News is coordinating with the Russian government to spread misinformation and undermine our democratic process,” Shaheen said in a statement. “The American public has a right to know if this is the case.”
I think this is a great idea, however I would have more confidence that it could make a difference if the DOJ was not currently under the control of Donald Trump's new Attorney General, and Keebler Elf, Jeff Sessions.
Somehow I get the idea that Sessions has NO intention of investigating any Russian language news outlets that might have had a hand in helping his boss win the presidency.
Besides currently the DOJ is up to it's ass crack in work trying to locate evidence that President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower.
Courtesy of CNN:
The Department of Justice asked the chairman and vice chairman of the House Intelligence Committee for "additional time" to collect evidence to support President Donald Trump's accusation that the Obama administration wiretapped his phones at Trump Tower during the campaign.
Yes how could the Feds have any time left to investigate the undermining of our democracy when they are so busy going on Trump inspired wild goose chases.