Senate Intelligence Committee Announces Inquiry Into Russian Intel Activities

russian hacking investigation by senateThe Senate Intelligence Committee is conducting an inquiry into Russian intelligence activities and the information U.S. intel compiled for its recent assessment on Russian hacking.

Chair Richard Burr and Vice Chair Mark Warner state, “As part of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s oversight responsibilities we believe that it is critical to have a full understanding of the scope of Russian intelligence activities impacting the United States.”

The list of points they plan to probe includes looking into any potential links between Russia and “individuals associated with political campaigns”:

– A review of the intelligence that informed the Intelligence Community Assessment “Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections;”

– Counterintelligence concerns related to Russia and the 2016 U.S. election, including any intelligence regarding links between Russia and individuals associated with political campaigns;

– Russian cyber activity and other “active measures” directed against the U.S., both as it regards the 2016 election and more broadly.

They plan to hold hearings and “interview senior officials of both the outgoing and incoming administrations including the issuance of subpoenas if necessary to compel testimony.”

Yesterday Burr indicated that a committee probe of Russian hacking would not include looking into potential links between Russia and individuals in the Trump campaign.