U.S. scrutiny of Russian meddling in the 2016 election gained momentum this week when the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism announced it would launch its own investigation of alleged election hacking.
The move follows the Senate Intelligence Committee‘s announcement last month that it would investigate alleged election hacking by Russian intelligence agencies.
Senate Judiciary Subcommittee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Ranking Member Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) said in a joint statement Thursday that the investigation would focus on Russian efforts to influence elections “both here at home and abroad.”
“Our goal is simple – to the fullest extent possible we want to shine a light on Russian activities to undermine democracy,” their statement read. “While some of our efforts will have to be held behind closed doors due to security concerns, we also hope to have an open discussion before the American people about Russia’s strategies to undermine democracy.”
The statement also noted that the subcommittee will seek to provide the FBI necessary tools to “keep its investigative work protected from political influence.”