Russia-Trump campaign collusion an 'open' issue, says US Senate panel chief

Russia-Trump campaign collusion an 'open' issue, says US Senate panel chief

Burr said Monday that he was opposed to releasing the advertisements publicly because he believes "no investigative body should be the source of sensitive documents, and I consider any document for this investigation sensitive". Later this month, longtime Trump lawyer Michael Cohen is slated to testify in open session before the Senate committee.

Leaders of the Senate intelligence committee said Wednesday that they have not determined roughly nine months into their investigation whether Russian Federation coordinated with the Trump campaign to sway the 2016 presidential election. While the senators confirmed Russian interference, they stopped short of saying Moscow acted specifically to ensure Trump would win the White House.

"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", Burr said.

But Burr added, "We have been incredibly enlightened in our ability to rebuild backwards the Steele dossier up to a certain date".

In a statement on Monday, Facebook said it would add more than 1,000 people over the next year and invest more in software to flag and take down ads automatically.

"The 2016 USA election was the first where evidence has been widely reported that foreign actors sought to exploit the internet to influence voter behavior", Schrage wrote. An FBI investigation began in July 2016. Burr said the committee "cannot decide the credibility" of the dossier without understanding who paid for it and its sources.

"I think we will address a lot of things on Wednesday at our press conference", Burr said.

Three sources with knowledge of Mueller's probe said his investigators have assumed control of multiple inquiries into allegations by USA intelligence agencies that Russian Federation interfered in the election to benefit Trump, a Republican.




But Schiff added that Russia's attempts to interfere in US elections "is not over" and said all Facebook ads that were Russian-bought should be publicly available to every American.

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

Facebook shared the 3,000 ads with the House and Senate intelligence committees and the Senate judiciary committee. "What about the totally biased and dishonest Media coverage in favor of Crooked Hillary?"

During the course of the investigation, committee members and staff investigators have conducted mostly behind-the-doors interviews with several members of Trump's inner circle and the intelligence community.

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.

"I believe it is important for the public to see (these ads)", Warner said. "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.

The investigation into allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election continues, congressional investigators said on Wednesday, emphasizing at a news conference that the interference appears to be ongoing but that investigators have yet to reach conclusions on allegations of collusion.

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