Senate Intel Heads Say Trump-Russia Collusion Still an Open Question

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R-N.C.; and Senate Intelligence Vice Chair Mark Warner, D-Va., hold a news conference on the status of the committee's inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 election on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, October 4, 2017.

"The issue of collusion is still open, that we continue to investigate both intelligence and witnesses, and that we're not in a position where we will come to any type of temporary finding on that until we've completed the process", Burr said.

Burr caveated that they are not closing the door on investigating the memos entirely, saying that the panel has explored every detail and interviewed every witness available to them at this time.

Burr said that the "subject matter of the ads seemed to be to create chaos in every group they could possibly find in America", noting that the ads show that the Russians "were indiscriminate" in who they were helping.

Alongside several other congressional committees, it is also looking into any connections between Russian meddling and Mr Trump's campaign.

After interviewing more than 100 witnesses and a thousand times as many pages of documents, the Senate Intelligence Committee has not ruled out that the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation to interfere in the 2016 election campaign, and has a lot more probing to do, committee leaders said Wednesday.

He listed three areas where they have exhausted their investigations but did not make any conclusive statements about any of them.

The top lawmakers on the Senate Intelligence Committee warned Wednesday that Russian Federation will keep trying to influence American elections next year and beyond. "I believe they are recognizing that threat now", Warner said.

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The committee has been examining how fake accounts on Facebook and Twitter were used by Russians to promote propaganda and misinformation during the 2016 election.

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.

Sources with direct knowledge of the situation say Russian-linked Facebook ads specifically targeted MI and Wisconsin.

"The committee continues to look into all evidence to see if there was any hint of collusion", Burr said. The committee has asked executives from Facebook, Twitter and Google to appear before it on 1 November, and Facebook announced on Wednesday that it would attend.

Steele is reported to have spoken to Federal Bureau of Investigation officials about his findings and given them information on his sources.

"We haven't even had our hearing yet", he said.

Congress and special counsel Robert Mueller are trying to determine whether Trump associates helped the Russians in targeting the ads.

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

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