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.
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.
“(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.”
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.
"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."
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.
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.