Senate Intel: 'General Consensus' Is To 'Trust' IC Assessment Of Russia Meddling

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So far, the committee has not found evidence any vote counts were altered.

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. Burr said the panel and its staff have reached a "general consensus" that they trust the intelligence community's assessment that Moscow directed an influence campaign in the USA election.

Reports continue to emerge detailing the scope of Russia's plan to sow chaos during the 2016 election.

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.

Burr said the committee has "hit a wall" in its investigation of a former British spy's explosive dossier on purported Russian support for Trump's 2016 campaign. Burr said the committee "cannot decide the credibility" of the dossier without understanding who paid for it and its sources.

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"I can compel you to come", Burr warned, hinting strongly that the committee was nearing the point of issuing a subpoena for Steele. "Congress and the Special Counsel are best placed to put these pieces together because they have much broader investigative power to obtain information from other sources".

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

The senate intelligence leaders revealed that during the course of their investigations, they conducted over 100 interviews, reviewed 100,000 documents and have gone through over 4,000 transcripts. Later this month, longtime Trump lawyer Michael Cohen is slated to testify in open session before the Senate committee.

"The committee continues to look into all evidence to see if there was any hint of collusion", Burr told reporters during a press conference regarding the status of the Russian Federation investigation Wednesday afternoon.

Russian Federation has repeatedly denied any meddling in the election.

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"We don't release documents provided to our committee, period", said Burr.

Burr and Warner said they have largely confirmed the conclusions the intelligence community reached under the Obama administration that the Russian government meddled in the 2016 United States election.

The committee is more than nine months into its investigation into Russian meddling in last year's presidential race.

New reports show Russian-linked Facebook ads specifically targeted our state, along with Wisconsin. 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.

For its part, Facebook tried to get ahead of Wednesday's press briefing, printing a full page ad in the Washington Post as damage control for whatever Burr and Warner said about the company's role in the election and its interactions with the committee.

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