The Kremlin said Monday that Russia is investigating possible American interference in last year’s general election and urged the United States to do the same.
Ahead of a special House Intelligence Committee hearing on election meddling, which kicks off Tuesday, the Russian Embassy in Washington said in a statement that the U.S. should “review its own elections.”
“This would show that the unwillingness of the US to countenance scrutiny of its own elections is nothing more than hypocrisy,” the statement said.
It also reiterated Putin’s threats on Monday to retaliate against what he called “reckless rhetoric” from U.S. politicians.
Testifying alongside Assange on Tuesday, U.S. officials are expected to be asked about Moscow’s efforts to influence the election. Information from whistle-blower site WikiLeaks came to light as election day approached, several damaging emails from Democrats were published and Hillary Clinton’s campaign chief called into question her honesty.
The Russians undoubtedly meddled in the election but whether they did so with the intention of helping Trump is the question that will be answered by the report.
U.S. officials tell Fox News that there are currently at least five investigations into Russian election interference, some of which are looking into potential financial ties between members of the Trump campaign and the Russian government.
While some Republicans have expressed skepticism of the allegations, Democrats have been fighting hard against claims that Russia was solely targeting Democrats and said the revelations about other contacts between members of the Trump campaign and Russian officials should be a catalyst for additional scrutiny.
Fox News’ Justin Fishel and Lucas Tomlinson contributed to this report.