US Senators Say Question Of Trump-Russia Election Collusion Still Open

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The US Senate Intelligence Committee said on Wednesday that the investigation into possible Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election is ongoing and no conclusions regarding possible collusion between the US and Russia have been reached.

That report said Russian Federation waged a cyber and disinformation campaign to discredit Hillary Clinton, help Donald Trump's campaign, and undermine faith in the democratic process.

Special counsel Robert Mueller's FBI investigation has always been regarded as the headliner among the four major probes into Russian election interference and alleged collusion with the Trump campaign.

The committee has also interviewed every relevant official from the Obama administration about President Barack Obama's response to Russia's election interference, Burr said.

"We can certifiably say that no vote totals were affected, that the tallies are accurate, the outcome of the election is based on the count of votes", he said.

The US intelligence clarified that in a bid to affect Hillary Clinton's chances for the president's position, it ended up helping Donald Trump instead.

According to Burr, the committee "cannot decide the credibility of the dossier" until Steele, who has thus far declined to cooperate, speaks with them.

On Wednesday, the Senate Intelligence Committee briefed the public on the ongoing investigation into the alleged Russian meddling in the USA election.

Burr said that, although Russian Federation had meddled in the election, he can say "certifiably" that no vote totals were altered as a result.

Following Facebook's statements concerning the Russia-linked ads, President Donald Trump once again criticized the United States media over its continuing "Russia hoax", adding that now the focus of attention has shifted towards social media ads.

CNN reported earlier this year that US intelligence officials collaborated some aspects of Christopher Steele's findings though not some of the more salacious allegations like the link between Trump and Russian prostitutes. The Senators also report that social media companies such as Twitter and Facebook were unprepared for Russian manipulation, via political advertising and fake accounts.

He noted the committee had "hit a wall" in its effort to interview Christopher Steele, the author of a controversial dossier containing explosive allegations about Trump and top members of his campaign, and he called on Steele to meet with the panel.

The three companies have been invited to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on November 1, ReCode reported late on Wednesday.

Reports by CNN and NBC News that Russian Federation bought Facebook ads that targeted battleground states including MI and Wisconsin, two of the three states that narrowly vaulted Donald Trump into the White House, were confirmed to McClatchy by a source familiar with the matter. Committee leaders also said that while the committee wouldn't publish the ads provided by Facebook, they did encourage Facebook to do so.

"There will be more forensics done by these companies", Warner said.

"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.

President Trump, however, continues to make statements calling into question whether he believes the same. "I think they've got more work to do", Warner said.

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