Question Still 'Open' About US Collusion With Russian Influence Campaign

The top portion of Facebook's Oct. 4 2017 New York Times

Richard Burr, R-North Carolina, said that "the issue of collusion is still open" regarding the committee's ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.

Warner, the vice chair of the committee, told reporters that "at the end of the day it's important that the public see these ads".

Two officials familiar with the investigations said that both Mueller's team and the Senate Intelligence Committee are seeking any evidence that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort or others who had financial dealings with Russian Federation might have helped Kremlin intelligence agencies target email hacking and social media postings undermining Trump's election opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton. The intent of the press conference was to give an update on the committee's investigation.

Burr said the committee's examination of the memos of former FBI Director James Comey "has reached a logical end as it relates to the Russian Federation investigation", indicating the committee didn't plan to delve further into the question of obstruction of justice, something Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating.

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 made it clear that his committee could not release the ads that Facebook handed over as part of the investigation but Facebook and the other companies are not constrained by the committee from doing so. The committee plans to hear open public testimony from Facebook, Twitter and Google on November 1 pertaining to their role in selling political ads to Russian government entities and fostering an environment in which shadowy foreign-funded political propaganda efforts could thrive.

"We have not come to any determination on collusion or Russia's preferences", the North Carolina Republican said.

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"This topic has been hotly debated, and the committee is satisfied that our involvement with this issue has reached a logical end as it relates to the Russian Federation investigation", he said.

"I fear if you add up all those things it was a decent rate of return", Warner said. "I was concerned at first that some social media platforms did not take this thread seriously enough", Burr said.

He said: "The issue of collusion is still open".

Trump has repeatedly referred to the Russian campaign to interfere in the presidential election as a "hoax" invented by Democrats. He also noted that their inquiry had "expanded slightly" beyond its original intent. Even more than that, the senators said the Russian meddling did not end after the 2016 elections and will likely continue into the 2018 midterm and 2020 presidential elections.

The Senate Intelligence Committee is trying to complete its work as quickly as possible, the two leaders said, but new strands have continued to arise, including the revelation that the Trump organization was negotiating during the election campaign to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) to require greater disclosure of the sources of digital political ads.

Mueller is believed to be investigating whether Trump's decision to fire Comey - which, among other reasons, the president has attributed to the Russian Federation investigation - might have amounted to obstruction of justice.

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