First public hearing about Russian interference in US Election held tomorrow
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 31, 2017,
Mar 31, 2017, 0:06
The FBI is also conducting an investigation.
But on Wednesday, Warner was eager to dispel any suggestion that Burr was unfit to oversee the investigation because of his past ties to Trump.
It will focus on tactics used by the Russian government to undermine the 2016 election and ways it could be repeated in future elections in the US and Europe. I'm not here to re-litigate the election but the fact we - I believe part of our responsibility as well is to put the American public on a higher level of alert that this time it was Russian Federation, it could be other foreign nations as well. Mark Warner (D-VA), minutes after holding a joint press conference with the committee chairman, Sen. Mark Warner, vice chairman of the committee, are continuing their probe of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 USA election.
The comity between Burr and Warner, and their jointly expressed determination to reach a bipartisan conclusion, stood in sharp contrast to the partisan sniping and gridlock engulfing the House Intelligence Committee's Russian Federation investigation.
The California Republican met with a secret source last week on White House grounds to review classified material.
Both Republicans and Democrats on the committee said the investigation into Russian interference is not political.
The Senate Intelligence Committee will begin as soon as Monday privately interviewing 20 people in its ongoing investigation of Russian involvement in the 2016 election as well as potential ties to the Trump campaign, its leaders said Wednesday.
The hearings aim to "put the American public on a higher level of alert" for the 2018 election after there were reports of upward of 1,000 paid internet trolls spreading fake news in favor of Trump in the last election, Warner said.
The hearing Thursday was to address how the Kremlin allegedly uses technology to spread disinformation in the US and Europe.
Neither Burr nor Warner revealed any conclusions reached so far, except Russia's aims.
Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) says the committee is reviewing thousands of documents. We are in a whole new realm around cyber that provides opportunity - huge, huge threats to our basic democracy. You are seeing it right now in France.
"Which is to look at all activities that Russian Federation might have taken to alter or influence the 2016 elections in the United States", Burr continued.
Pledging co-operation, Mr Burr and Mr Warner said they would steer clear of politics in their panel's probe of Russian meddling. And amid plummeting confidence in the House's ability to investigate the Trump-Russia matter, Burr and Warner made a deliberate effort on Wednesday to assure the public that they were getting along great and to distance themselves from the trouble in the House. Yates told White House officials that Flynn had misled his colleagues, including Vice President Mike Pence, about his conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, officials said.
"To date, we have made 20 requests for individuals to be interviewed by the committee", Burr said.
The Senate committee's investigation is part of its routine oversight function, just on a bigger scale, he said.
On the Senate side, Warner said he wanted the committee to question Yates, Brennan and Clapper, but only once the members and staff had done enough investigative work to know what questions to ask. "What Chairman Nunes said was he came into possession of new information he thought was valuable to this investigation and he was going to go and inform people about it".