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Russia meddled in election to 'create chaos at every level,' congressional investigators say

WASHINGTONThe investigation into allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election continues, congressional investigators said on Wednesday, emphasizing at a news conference that the interference appears to be ongoing but that investigators have yet to reach conclusions on allegations of collusion. Sen. Richard Burr, R-North Carolina, chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said that it did not appear that Russia aimed to help any particular side in November. “It seems that the overall theme of the Russian involvement in the U.S. election was to create chaos at every level,” he said. Burr and the committee’s vice chairman, Sen. Mark Warner, D-Virginia, warned that the investigation has indicated that Russian agents are continuing efforts to influence results at the ballot box. "The Russian intelligence service is determined (and) clever, and I recommend that every campaign and every election official take this very seriously as we move into this November's election, and as we move into preparation for the 2018 election," Burr said.


  1. The committee opened its investigation nine months ago into allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Officials were tasked with assessing a report in which U.S. intelligence officials said with "high confidence" that Russia meddled in the November election in President Donald Trump's favor, determining whether the president or his associates colluded with Russia and determining whether the interference was ongoing.
  2. Officials confirmed that the meddling appears to be ongoing, but few other details on the status of the investigation or its findings thus far have been released.
  3. “(Russian election meddling efforts) were not only geared at the United States of America,” Warner said. “We’ve seen Russian active measures take place in France. ... We’ve seen concerns raised in Germany.”
  4. Burr said that the committee and its staff members have conducted more than 100 interviews since launching their probe, with an additional 25 scheduled through the end of October alone. Nearly 100,000 pages of documents have been reviewed as part of the investigation.
  5. "You only see glimpses of the amount of work the committee has done," Burr said. "We're doing much of our work behind closed doors."
  6. Investigators have interviewed a number of Trump associates,including former campaign manager Paul Manafort, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner. They have also spoken with the leaders of social media companies like Facebook and Twitter, both of which were allegedly exploited to carry Russian-backed advertisements meant to influence voters.
  7. The Senate Intelligence Committee is one of three congressional panels reviewing alleged Russian election meddling. The Department of Justice is also investigating the reported meddling.