Russia-Trump campaign collusion an 'open' issue: Senate panel chiefs

Cheryl Sanders
October 5, 2017

Senators investigating Russian meddling in last year's election said Wednesday they have not yet reached a conclusion on whether anyone in US President Donald Trump's campaign had colluded with the Russians.

"No investigative body should be the source of sensitive documents, and I consider any document for this investigation sensitive", Burr said.

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".

On Wednesday, the Senate Intelligence Committee briefed the public on the ongoing investigation into the alleged Russian meddling in the USA election.

Let me go back and say, because I thought I was pretty clear, that the issue of collusion is still open that we continue to investigate both intelligence and witnesses, and that we're not in a position where we will come to any kind of temporary finding on that until we've completed the process.
That report said Russian leader Vladimir Putin had ordered a campaign to influence the presidential election in favor of Trump.

Senator Burr added: "I think there is general consensus among members and staff we trust the conclusions".

Facebook shared the 3,000 ads with the House and Senate intelligence committees and the Senate judiciary committee.

He was joined by the committee's top Democrat, senator Mark Warner of Virginia. Google, Twitter, and Facebook and been invited for a public hearing to further discuss this matter. If we believe that you have something valuable to bring to the committee, if you don't voluntarily do it I will assure you today you will be compelled to do it, ' he said.

"We can certifiably say that no vote totals were affected, that the tallies are accurate, the outcome of the election is based on the count of votes", he said.

"They do not have the analytic capability to do that themselves", Morell said. Burr said the investigation is continuing.

But aspects of interest to Mr Mueller are reportedly not necessarily related to the salacious content, but parts relating to personal and financial ties of Mr Trump's campaign associates to the Kremlin. The company also estimated that overall they were seen by 10 million people in the USA, which has some 200 million legal voters.

The perceived impact of the Russia-linked Facebook ads can not stand any comparison with the millions of dollars spent by lobbies and by Washington itself to interfere in other countries' affairs, former U.S. intelligence officer Scott Rickard told RT.

Congressional investigators are also examining how Russian Federation used Facebook, Twitter, and Google to target political ads and spread misinformation during the election.

Concerning social media, Warner said there's been an over 700 percent increase in the use of digital political advertising between 2012-2016.

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