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Burr was joined by the Intel Committee's Vice Chair Mark Warner (D-VA) for the briefing, where they boasted about the 100 witness interviewed, the 4,000 pages of transcription produced by those interviews, and the 100,000 pages of documents overall the committee and its staff has reviewed for the probe, which began in January.

Twitter said last week that it shared advertisements from 2016 aimed toward the US market from three RT accounts with staff members on both the House and Senate Intelligence committees.

The news conference Wednesday was an effort by the committee to lay out some of what's been found so far as the 2018 midterm elections approach. Mark Warner, D-Virginia, asserted that they won't discuss their committee's specific initial Russian Federation investigation findings, they said that the results thus far have caused the inquiry to expand "slightly".

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.

The senators added that they are not ready to say whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Kremlin.

Targeting two pivotal swing states with social-media ads suggests a degree of sophistication by Russian actors in one aspect of what the USA intelligence community has described as a widespread cyber-interference effort in the 2016 US campaign.

Facebook disclosed this week that 10 million of its users saw the ads before and after the election, and that most of the ads focused on "divisive social and political messages across the ideological spectrum" like LGBT issues, immigration, and gun rights.

"As it relates to the Steele dossier, unfortunately, the committee has hit a wall", North Carolina Republican Sen.


Warner complained that he has seen no evidence that the Trump administration has mounted a government-wide effort to make sure that no foreign power can ever again interfere in an American election.

Warner also said that the Russian intelligence service activities did not end with the US presidential election on November 8 and that similar acts continued ahead of political elections in Montenegro, Belgium, France, and Germany.

Burr said the committee has made a number of unsuccessful attempts to contact Steele and hopes he will cooperate.

Burr, speaking during a press conference, noted that the committee had not reached a conclusion on Russia's preferences during the presidential campaign.

Burr said investigators have talked with everyone they wanted to get information about the Russian interference aspects of the matter, but he's now referring questions about it to Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller. Facebook said Wednesday that it had accepted invitations from both committees.

The panel has expanded its probe and refused to rule out possible conclusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, and the chairmen warned the Kremlin had not stopped its efforts to influence elections.

We're learning more about the investigation into Russia's 2016 presidential election meddling, and what role MI may play in it.

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