Rep. Maxine Moore Waters (D-Calif.) was delivering a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives against President-elect Donald Trump’s Securities and Exchange Commission nominee when her C-SPAN live feed suddenly switched to a jingle from Russian-state owned television stream, Russia Today.
In her speech, Waters questioned whether the administration’s SEC could be trusted when it comes to Russia. She was explaining how the incoming government might be unduly friendly towards the Kremlin when her speech was mysteriously interrupted.
“I urge my colleagues to join me, investor and consumer advocates, public pension plans, civil rights groups, labor unions and supporters of financial reform in opposing H.R. 78 to ensure that the actions of Trump’s SEC are in the interests of Americans’ economic stability and not in Russia’s or Wall Street’s interest,” Waters said. “At this time, with the bill that would basically take our cop on the block, the SEC, and literally obliterate…”
No one knows how the sentence ended.
C-SPAN took to Twitter later, informing the viewers the interruption was caused by “an internal routing issue.”
The abrupt switch to RT happened at about 2:30 p.m. on Thursday. Editors, political junkies and general viewers think it has nefarious implications.
Here's the moment Russia Today took over the C-SPAN1 feed. Unclear what happened. RT aired for about ten minutes before C-SPAN1 came back. pic.twitter.com/mhWVgCoFxF— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) January 12, 2017
Surprised CSpan was interrupted by RT, the Kremlin backed tv network. I thought that doesn't happen until Jan 20. https://t.co/0IpC358GiT— Brendan Boyle (@RepBrendanBoyle) January 13, 2017
“The incident occurred six days after the U.S. intelligence community released its declassified intelligence report about Russia’s meddling in the presidential election. A significant portion of it details RT’s efforts to help Donald Trump,” wrote Think Progress journalist, Aaron Rupar.
Waters was also puzzled about this unusual occurrence.
“I just think it’s strange. At a time when our intelligence agencies are very confident and basically have confirmed that Russia hacked the D.N.C. and other political interests, and then we have, while I’m on the floor of the House, talking about Trump and Russia, I get interfered with and interrupted by Russia Today,” she said in a phone interview. “It’s strange. It’s odd.”
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