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

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

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

"The committee continues to look into all evidence to see if there was any hint of collusion", Burr said at a Capitol Hill news conference, standing alongside the committee's top Democrat, Mark Warner of Virginia.

Burr added that the U.S. Intelligence community had little light to shed on the dosser's allegations before June 2016.

The committee has scheduled only a handful of public hearings, during which intelligence officials and the committee leaders have underscored that last year's elections probably have encouraged Russian Federation to interfere in future USA elections.

"You can't walk away from this and believe that Russia's not now active in trying to create chaos in our election process".

Burr said that the committee was making substantial progress in various areas of investigation.

Regarding where the committee's investigation stands, Burr said his team continues to pursue whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation, adding: "I'm not going to even discuss initial findings because we haven't any".

The Republican said the panel can not determine the dossier's credibility without understanding who paid for it and who contributed to the material. "I strongly suggest that you come in and speak with us". "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".

"There are concerns that we continue to pursue".

Burr said the committee had interviewed seven people about that meeting, and that "the testimony of all seven were consistent with each other". Burr and Warner are keeping their committee clear of that question, and another panel, the Judiciary Committee, has locked horns with the Justice Department about getting witnesses for its own inquiry.

There has been some speculation that there is pressure on Burr to conclude the investigation, particularly from Trump circles, but he said that "the issue of collusion is still open".

"We hope we will very soon reach some definite conclusion", Burr said, without setting a target deadline.

"The 2016 United States election was the first where evidence has been widely reported that foreign actors sought to exploit the internet to influence voter behavior", Schrage wrote.

Burr also stressed that "the issue of collusion is still open", and would not be resolved until the committee's work was done. Only an interview with the former British intelligence officer who produced it, Christopher Steele, could help move things forward, Burr said, but Steele has not agreed to talk.

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".

The senators found evidence that Russian Federation had hacked into political parties digital infrastructure and at least tried to test the vulnerabilities of electoral systems in 21 states, and they're concerned that state and federal officials aren't doing enough to prevent future attacks.

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