Senate Intelligence Committee Interim Report: Russians Interfered in 2016 Elections

Lynne Hanson
Октября 5, 2017

Twitter will also appear in front of the committees on Thursday.

Burr said the committee had interviewed every official who had a hand in writing the assessment, adding that staff and lawmakers spent "nine times as long" reviewing the report as the officials spent writing it.

After 100 thousand documents and 250 hours of testimony, the Committee is not done yet.

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.

"These ads are significant to our investigation as they help demonstrate how Russian Federation employed sophisticated measures to push disinformation and propaganda to millions of Americans online during the election, in order to sow discord and chaos, and divide us from one another", Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said in a statement.

Sen. Burr, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said the committee has exhausted its probe of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey's emails.

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

The information on Trump collected by Steele, whom officials say was one of MI6's most respected Russian Federation hands, was laid out previous year in political "opposition research" initially financed by supporters of one of Trump's Republican primary election opponents.

"Campaign staff was attempting to implement what they believed to be guidance to be a strong ally on Ukraine, but also leave the door open for better relations with Russia", Burr said.

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Facebook didn't immediately respond to a request for comment on why it won't release the ads it said were created to stir division in the U.S. before and after the 2016 presidential election.

This story has been edited and will continue to update with additional developments.

The committee also interviewed "every person involved" in what many perceived as a weakening of the GOP's campaign platform on Russian Federation and Ukraine.

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. Mark Warner, the intelligence committee's vice chairman - held the press conference Wednesday to discuss the progress the committee has made in its Russian Federation meddling investigation.

More recently investigators for the committee and the House Intelligence Committee have sharpened their attention on Russia's use of social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook.

The Russian efforts, Warner said, "did not end on Election Day in 2016".

"I was concerned at first that some of these companies did not take this threat seriously enough", Warner said. "If somebody has come in and not been truthful with us, we will catch them on that, and they will come back".

While Warner and Burr said their committee wouldn't release the ads, they said Wednesday that Facebook could release them if it wanted. Third, "you ought to be able to go down and take a look at an ad run for or against you like you'd be able to get a look at that content on TV", Burr said.

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