Big Hollywood names have helped found the Committee to Investigate Russia, a nonprofit aiming to spread information about Russia’s role in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and create debate about possible threats to the country’s institutions. The committee launched Tuesday in the U.S., with director Rob Reiner on the advisory board and actor Morgan Freeman featured in an introductory video.
“The Russian Active Measures campaign aimed at the United States has been exposed,” reads a statement on the organization’s website. “Using hacking, Twitter armies, and fake news, the Kremlin engaged in an aggressive effort to subvert the American democratic process.”
The Committee to Investigate Russia said it wants to be a nonprofit, non-partisan resource to “help Americans recognize and understand the gravity of Russia’s continuing attacks on our democracy,” it continues.
“We need our president to speak directly to us and tell us the truth,” Freeman says in a video published on the organization’s website and on its YouTube channel. “We need him to sit behind the desk in the Oval Office and say ‘My fellow Americans, during this past election, we came under attack by the Russian government.'”
The organization’s Facebook page had nearly 62,903 likes and 64,090 followers as of Wednesday morning.
Among other members of the organization’s advisory are former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, conservative commentator Charlie Sykes and scholars Max Boot and Norman Ornstein.