Senate intel committee still looking into Russian Federation

05 October, 2017, 00:41 | Author: Randy Kelley
  • The top portion of Facebook's Oct. 4 2017 New York Times

"There is consensus among members and staff that we trust the conclusions of the ICA", Burr said. But he added that Russian intelligence could threaten the next round of congressional elections next year.

CNN reported earlier this year that USA intelligence officials collaborated some aspects of Christopher Steele's findings though not some of the more salacious allegations like the link between Trump and Russian prostitutes.

After 100 thousand documents and 250 hours of testimony, the Committee is not done yet. The panel has sifted through emails, text messages, highly classified intelligence reporting, and more.

Even more than that, the senators said the Russian meddling did not end after the 2016 elections and will likely continue into the 2018 midterm and 2020 presidential elections.

Last week, Mr Burr said there is no evidence of anything so far connecting Mr Trump's campaign and Russian interference.

Facebook chief security officer Alex Stamos, in a blog post written last month, said it found about $100,000 in ad spending from 2015 through 2017 linked to accounts that "likely operated out of Russian Federation".

Burr said the committee has interviewed every intelligence community official involved in drafting the report on Russian election meddling, as well as Obama administration officials involved. "They've been unbelievably cooperative". "Let us have the opportunity to have these folks in, ask them the questions".

"There are concerns we continue to pursue of collusion" between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, he said.

Shortly after he said that, a Facebook source told CNN that the company has not changed its position, either, and it will not be releasing the ads.

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Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort was interviewed, as was senior White House adviser Jared Kushner, who also is Trump's son-in-law. "[It's] not a practice that we're going to get into".

Burr added that investigators have "exhausted" every witness for pertinent information on the so-called "Comey memos", or notes that Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey kept to detail his interactions with the president.

"We have more work to do as it relates to collusion, but we are developing a clearer picture of what happened", Burr added, emphasizing that no final conclusions have been made by the intelligence panel.

"On the issue of collusion, the work of our committee. continues", he said. "The committee can not really decide the credibility of the dossier without understanding things like who paid for it, who are your sources and sub-sources". "Who are your sources and sub sources?"

The probe also includes investigating Russian active measures.

"There will be more forensics done by these companies", Warner said.

"They hacked into political files, released those files, in an effort to influence the election", Warner said. "There needs to be a more aggressive whole-of-government approach in terms of protecting our electoral system".

Warner said the aim was to "sow chaos and drive division in our country".

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