Top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, discusses his efforts to investigate the role that Russian-purchased Facebook ads helped swing the 2016 election, on this week’s edition of ‘Meet The Press’:
STEPHANOPOULOS: Your committee, of course, is looking at Russian interference in our election. We learned this week that Facebook has turned over evidence to Special Counsel Robert Mueller that entities connected to Russia bought at least $150,000 in targeted ads during last year’s presidential campaign, information they have not turned over to your committee.
SCHIFF: We are requesting a lot more information from Facebook. And we have received some information. But there a lot of unanswered questions. I don’t think that Facebook is reluctant to provide information to us because they think it would conflict with special counsel. I don’t think it would conflict at all.
There are are issues about what legal process we need to use to get this information from Facebook. But frankly, I am distressed that it has taken us this long to be informed that the Russians had paid for at least $100,000 of ads designed to try to influence our electoral process. And when you look at the content of those ads, it really underscores what the intelligence community said earlier, and that is the Russians were really aiming to divide us, to sew discord, to effectively set one American against another on some of the most divisive issues that we have.
All Americans, all patriotic Americans of both parties ought to be outraged by that. And we need to know the full extent of their use of social media to influence us from Facebook, from Twitter, from Google, from any social media or search engine. They need to be fully forthcoming. And I’m confident they will. I think, frankly, they need to come and testify before congress because there’s a lot we need to know about this. …read more