Senate To Explore Trump/Russia Ties In Open Hearing

Senate Intelligence CommitteeThe Senate Intelligence Committee is holding open hearings Thursday on Russian interference in the U.S. election through technology and disinformation, with a slate of academic and cybersecurity experts scheduled to testify, including former NSA director Gen. Keith Alexander. The hearing will explore the various ways Russia tried to influence the U.S. presidential election and is meddling in other elections, too. “There were upwards of 1,000 paid internet trolls working out of a facility in Russia, in effect, taking over series of computers, which is then called a botnet,” ranking Democrat Sen. Mark Warner (Va.) said Wednesday. “We are in a whole new realm around cyber that provides opportunity for huge, huge threats to our basic democracy.” Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) says the committee has requested interviews with 20 individuals, but he named only one, President Trump’s son-in-law and top aide Jared Kushner.