U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee leaders will update the public Wednesday on the committee's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether Donald Trump's campaign colluded with the Kremlin to help propel Trump to victory.
The committee has also interviewed every relevant official from the Obama administration about President Barack Obama's response to Russia's election interference, Burr said. The Russian ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak, attended the event and spoke with high-level campaign officials like Jeff Sessions, now the attorney general, and Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law who's now a top White House adviser.
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"The issue of collusion is still open", said the Republican committee chairman, Sen.
One witness the lawmakers say they've been unable to question is Christopher Steele, a former British spy believed to have compiled a dossier of allegations about Trump connections to Russian Federation. "[It's] not a practice that we're going to get into".
Burr and Warner may divulge more information about social media's role in the election. He did not elaborate, except to say that the committee had not come to any conclusions and that the investigation is ongoing.
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"If we use exclusively the social media advertising that we have seen, there's no way you can look at that and say that was to help the right side of the ideological chart and not the left, or vice versa".
Burr and Warner said they have largely confirmed the conclusions the intelligence community reached under the Obama administration that the Russian government meddled in the 2016 U.S. election.
Sen. Burr confirmed that the committee trusts findings from the intelligence community on Russian Federation meddling, in contradiction to president Trump who has repeatedly called any report to that effect a hoax.
Burr said, however, that there was still much more work to do, even as he hoped to finish the investigation by the end of the calendar year.
Burr said wouldn't be drawn in to responding directly to the president on that point, but he did reaffirm that he had no doubt that Russia's "active measures" campaign had taken place a year ago and continues, in different form, to target the West.
Russia Today, the Kremlin-backed television network, spent $274,000 on more than 1,800 tweets on Twitter's network that "definitely or potentially targeted the US market" during the 2016 presidential campaign, Twitter officials have also said.
While both Burr and Vice Chairman Sen. "The overall theme of the Russian involvement was to create chaos at every level".