Senate Intel Heads Say Trump-Russia Collusion Still an Open Question

Senate Intel Heads Say Trump-Russia Collusion Still an Open Question

Senate Intel Heads Say Trump-Russia Collusion Still an Open Question

In a rare press conference, Senators Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Mark Warner, D-Va., said the committee's months-long investigation into possible collusion between President Donald Trump's campaign and the Kremlin continues.

"We have not come to any determination on collusion or Russia's preferences", Burr said.

"We understand more about how our service was abused and we will continue to investigate to learn all we can".

"We've got to make our facts, as it related to Russia's involvement in our election before the primaries getting started in 2018", Burr said.

The dossier accuses the Trump campaign of conspiring with Russia, and it asserts that Russian intelligence agencies have information about Trump's participation in sexual escapades in Moscow, something Trump has denied.

Burr said on Wednesday that the Senate panel had made several attempts to contact Steele and to meet him and "those offers have gone unaccepted".

The top lawmakers on the Senate Intelligence Committee warned Wednesday that Russian Federation will keep trying to influence American elections next year and beyond. The panel also talked to everyone involved with the changing of the Republican platform on Ukraine, and Burr said the staff believed in what they were implementing.

Warner said that the tech giants were beginning to take the issue of Russian meddling more seriously, and that they were "seeing increasing levels of cooperation".

Russian Federation has repeatedly said it does not interfere in the affairs of other countries.

The ads were targeted at the Democratic strongholds of Wisconsin and MI, which flipped for President Donald Trump in the election, these people said, as well as the battleground states of Florida, Georgia and Ohio. The company had already turned over the ads to the special counsel Robert Mueller.

Also questioned were senior executives of social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter, which displayed numerous Russian-supported advertisements that were meant to exacerbate divisions among voters on hot-button issues before the election.

Washington has accused Russian Federation of meddling in the November 8 election, with U.S. congressional investigators launching a probe into alleged interference.

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

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

But content of the 3,000 Facebook adverts linked to Russian Federation will not be publicly released.

The Senate Intelligence Committee has invited Google, Facebook and Twitter officials to appear at a public hearing on November 1.

Warner focused on the Russian use of social media, through paid advertising and fake accounts to drive fake stories and "sow chaos and division in our country".

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