Senators voice alarm over Russian election interference

Apr 09, 2017, 02:17
Senators voice alarm over Russian election interference

The Senate Intelligence Committee held its first public hearing focused on Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 us presidential election.

Marco Rubio was told during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Thursday that his presidential campaign was likely derailed by Russian government efforts to influence the outcome of the election.

"An outside foreign adversary effectively sought to hijack our most critical democratic process - the election of the president - and in the process made a decision to favor one candidate over another", Warner said.

Both senators agreed Russian interference in foreign elections continues unabated. She went to Moscow last week to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin, who told her: "We do not want to influence events in any way, but we retain the right to meet with all the different political forces, just like our European and American partners do".

Lawmakers have launched several ongoing investigations probing Russia's role in the USA election and any possible coordination with or connection to the Trump campaign.

Putin's comments are the President's most emphatic denial of the accusations yet, and are the first he has directly made since Trump took office in January, reported CNN.

While the House Intelligence Committee is embroiled in controversy, the Senate Intelligence Committee's chairman, Sen.

"French presidential candidates have been the subjects of Russian propaganda and disinformation".

Burr and the top Democrat on the panel, Senator Mark Warner, said on Wednesday they would steer clear of politics in their probe.

"Through the end of 2015 and the start of 2016, the Russian-influenced system began to push themes and messages seeking to influence the result of the presidential election", Watts said.

"This Russian "propaganda on steroids" was created to poison the national conversation in America", Warner said.

CNN also quoted Watts as saying he was concerned about President Donald Trump's reaction to revelations that the Russians were trying to damage his campaign opponents. Mark Warner, are committed to getting to the bottom of Russian interference in the USA election and any possible collusion between President Trump, his aides and the Russian government.

Rubio said later that he didn't want to comment, but he ultimately changed his mind and told the hearing that he had been targeted twice by entities with IP addresses based in Russian Federation. Warner and the panel's chairman, Sen.

USA lawmakers claim Russian Federation "tried to hijack United States election " The Senate Intelligence Committee held its first public hearing focused on Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Spicer did, however, say Thursday that the White House has invited the chairmen and ranking members of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees to review documents it says are related to "whether information collected on USA persons was mishandled or leaked".

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, pursued by reporters as he arrives for a weekly meeting of the Republican Conference with House Speaker Paul Ryan and the GOP leadership, Tuesday, March 28, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington.