Senate Intel: 'General Consensus' Is To 'Trust' IC Assessment Of Russia Meddling


Sens. Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Mark Warner, D-Va., are set to announce an update on the committee's investigation, with Burr telling ABC News earlier this week that it will be "a detailed update".

Burr said many social-media companies did not take seriously the threat by Russian Federation to influence the democratic process ahead of the elections, and added that officials from Google, Twitter, and Facebook will appear in a public hearing "so that Americans can hear how they are going to protect [the election process in the future] and know whether an ad was generated by a foreign entity".

The Senate Intelligence Committee agrees that Russian Federation attempted to interfere with the presidential election, but it hasn't concluded its investigation of possible collusion by the Trump campaign. 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.

Russian-linked Facebook ads with anti-Muslim messages during the 2016 campaign targeted Wisconsin and MI, two swing states that helped elect Donald Trump president, CNN reported Wednesday.

We're learning more about the investigation into Russia's 2016 presidential election meddling, and what role MI may play in it.

News of those 3,000 ads came a month after Facebook revealed it had discovered 450 accounts and about $100,000 in ad spending linked to Russian Federation on divisive issues during the USA presidential campaign.

"Future witnesses that we might ask to come in the future, I strongly suggest you come in and speak with us", Burr said.

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

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"The issue of collusion is still open", Sen.

Burr, speaking during a press conference, noted that the committee had not reached a conclusion on Russia's preferences during the presidential campaign. Kaplan said the company would require more documentation from advertisers who want to run advertisements related to the United States election. Warner, intelligence committee ranking member said.

Warner was initially concerned that social media companies "did not take this threat seriously enough", but said that he has been seeing greater levels of cooperation.

Warner also said that the Russian intelligence service activities did not end with the US presidential election on November 8 and that similar acts continued ahead of political elections in Montenegro, Belgium, France, and Germany.

He said they have amassed more than 4,000 pages of transcripts- yet more work needs to be done. "If we use exclusively the social media advertising that we've seen, there is no way that you can look at that and say that that was to help the right side of the ideological chart and not the left, or vice versa", North Carolina Sen.

Burr said the Russians had been "pretty darn successful" in fomenting chaos in the US political system.

However, the Senate Judiciary Committee - which is also conducting its own Russian Federation probe - was able to interview the man who hired Mr Steele to compile the report, Glenn Simpson, behind closed doors.