Issue of Trump campaign collusion with Russian Federation 'still open'

Ken Copeland
October 5, 2017

"The committee continues to look into all evidence to see if there was any hint of collusion", Burr said.

Committee officials reportedly believe they can not wait until the probe is completed before emphasizing to the public that Russian Federation will likely interfere again.

Congress and Special Counsel Robert Mueller are now trying to determine whether Trump associates helped the Russians in targeting the ads.

Regarding the memos that James Comey, the former FBI director, wrote about Trump's attempts to end the investigation into his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, Burr said "the committee is satisfied that this issue has reached a logical end" as it related to the committee's Russian Federation investigation.

"Those offers have gone unaccepted", Burr said.

The same day it gave to the Senate Intelligence Committee more than 3,000 ads that it said likely operated out of Russian Federation and pushed divisive issues during the campaign. "I won't tell you that it's going to be a preliminary report, but I think we'll get into things that we're either close to closing the book on or we have closed the book on". "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".

The panel's top Democrat, Sen.

Burr and Warner may divulge more information about social media's role in the election.

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In the end, Burr said, "The committee can not really decide the credibility of the dossier without understanding things like, who paid for it?"

Trump was told by former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey that Steele's report contained salacious material about the businessman-turned-president.

The US Intelligence Committee chief Richard Burr has said that the probe into alleged Russia's meddling into the 2016 US Presidential election has not come to a definitive conclusion, however no vote totals were affected.

He said the panel has conducted more than 100 interviews lasting more than 250 hours in its nine-month-old investigation, and "we now have booked for the balance of this month 25 additional interviews".

The committee has spoken behind closed doors to multiple current and former members of Donald Trump's inner circle, including the President's ex-campaign chairman Paul Manafort and son-in-law Jared Kushner.

There are several public hearings on the horizon. The disclosure has added fuel to the findings of U.S. intelligence officials that Russian Federation was involved in influencing Trump's race against Hillary Clinton.

The committee, which is one of three congressional panels investigating Russia's activities, has recently focused on the Russian government's use of social media sites like Facebook and Twitter to spread propaganda. The tech giants came under intense pressure to disclose everything they knew about how foreign actors had exploited their platforms after Facebook said last month that 470 "inauthentic accounts" linked to Russian Federation had purchased political ads between 2015 and 2016. On Tuesday, CNN reported that key battleground states, MI and Wisconsin, which were essential to Trump's victory, were specifically targeted by Russian-linked ads.

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

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