Russia's lower house of parliament on Friday approved an investigation into the operations of U.S. news organizations in Russia, Reuters reported.
The investigation is reportedly mean to be retaliation for Sen. Jeanne Shaheen Jeanne ShaheenOvernight Cybersecurity: Anticipation builds for Trump cyber order | House panel refers Clinton IT contractor for prosecution | Pentagon warned Flynn about foreign payments Dem senator fears Russian election interference could be ‘normalized’ Russian interference looms over European elections MORE's (D-N.H.) bill that would authorize the Justice Department to probe possible violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act by RT, a Russian state-funded media company that has grown its U.S. operations.
Among the U.S. media organizations that could be investigated by Russia's Duma are CNN, Voice of America and Radio Liberty.
Tensions between the U.S. and Russia have escalated in recent months amid revelations of the Kremlin's efforts to influence the election in Trump's favor.
Questions have also resurfaced about Trump and his aides' potential ties to Moscow, after a slew of news reports in recent weeks detailing contacts between current and former Trump associates and Russian officials.