Jun 20, 2018

Senate Intel finalizing report on Obama response to Russian interference

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Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Richard Burr (R-N.C.) called the committee's Wednesday hearing on policy responses to Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election the first of several "capstone" events to finalize a committee report on the Obama administration's actions at the time.

What they're saying: "The committee is ready to finalize our assessment of the Obama administration's response to Russian interference, and today's hearing will be the first of several capstone events." He told reporters the assessment was "pretty close" on Tuesday, per Politico.

  • Senate Intel leaders already released a document blessing the intelligence community's report on the 2016 election, including assertions that Russian interference was intended to help the Trump campaign.

What's next: Burr announced more high-profile Obama personnel might appear before the committee in the near future: "We have invited Ambassador Rice and her deputies to join us in a few weeks. We've also invited former leaders from FBI and DOJ to testify in July. "

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