Senators take aim at Russia in hearing on election meddling
- Author: Carolyn Briggs Apr 01, 2017,
Apr 01, 2017, 18:48
Senate Intelligence Committee leaders are urging the White House to turn documents related to their Russian Federation investigation directly over to the panel, seemingly declining an invitation to examine intelligence reports at the White House.
Former members of his presidential campaign staff were again targeted on Tuesday by an attempted hack coming from Russian Federation, he said.
The lawmakers also warned of the potential for Russian influence on upcoming elections in France and Germany, such as stories being spread to discredit German Chancellor Angela Merkel. When you look at the pictures, it looks like an American from the Midwest or the South or Wisconsin or whatever the location is."Virginia Democratic Sen".
The Russian government used "thousands" of internet trolls and bots to spread fake news, in addition to hacking into political campaigns leading up to the 2016 USA election, according to one lawmaker.
The Oregon Democrat says fishy real estate deals and money laundering might mean that the "Russian government may be only a step or two away" from American institutions.
One of the targets, he said, was Rubio.
"These covert, "black" operations influence target-audience opinions with regards to Russian Federation and undermine confidence in Western elected leaders, public officials, mainstream-media personalities, academic experts, and democracy itself".
The hearing comes a day after Burr and Warner held a Capitol Hill press conference to outline their investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 elections.
But ranking Democratic member Mark Warner said Putin ordered a "deliberate campaign" to undermine the USA election.
Michael Flynn, President Trump's embattled former national security adviser, is in ongoing negotiations with the Senate and House Intelligence Committees about testifying in their investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. "Until we get a firm basis on fact and fiction in our own country ... we're going to have a big problem", Watts said.
In opening remarks at a congressional hearing on Thursday, Sen. He also helped lead the effort to declassify the intelligence assessment that Russian hacking and propaganda efforts were aimed at the 2016 USA presidential election.
Warner, a Democrat, also took a jab at President Trump, emphasizing that these allegations are not "fake news".
"If we politicize this process, our efforts will likely fail", said Burr.
House Speaker Paul Ryan is maintaining support for embattled House intelligence committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (NOO'-nehs). Ryan says he hasn't seen the new documents, but, "We're waiting for it to be provided to Congress".
Burr said this week he voted for Trump, "but I've got a job to do", and he promised he and the committee will work without fear or favor on the task at hand. Democrats want Nunes to recuse himself from his Russian Federation probe in the House.