Report Shows Russian-Linked Facebook Ads Specifically Targeted Michigan

Posted October 05, 2017

The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee chairman said on Wednesday the issue of whether President Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign colluded with Russian Federation remains an open question as the panel intensifies its probe into the matter.

Although the committee can't determine collusion at this point, they agree on Russia's attempts to influence the election.

Burr and the Intelligence Committee's top Democrat, Virginia Sen.

Burr, speaking during a press conference, noted that the committee had not reached a conclusion on Russia's preferences during the presidential campaign. "And we're not in a position to come to any type of finding".

He said at least 25 more interviews are scheduled and more work is needed to determine whether the Trump campaign worked with Russian Federation to disrupt the election.

But Warner painted a picture of widespread Kremlin-driven activity.

The senators found evidence that Russian Federation had hacked into political parties digital infrastructure and at least tried to test the vulnerabilities of electoral systems in 21 states, and they're concerned that state and federal officials aren't doing enough to prevent future attacks. Warner, intelligence committee ranking member said. He warned that the media has only gotten "glimpses" into their investigation.

"You can't walk away from this and believe that Russia's not now active", he added.

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"There are concerns we continue to pursue of collusion" between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, he said.

"The committee can not really decide the credibility of the dossier without understanding things like, who paid for it?" They've also interviewed Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and confidant. He did not say which aspects of the dossier the committee may have verified or how much.

Warner emphasized the need for "an organized, whole-of-government approach" to address further meddling, and he also said the committee is working with social media entities to deal with foreign efforts to spread false information throughout the internet.

Burr and Warner may divulge more information about social media's role in the election.

Facebook officials have said that 10 million people saw Russia-linked advertising that sought to sway the US presidential election on the social media platform, and 44 percent of those were seen before the election.

A number of Russian-linked Facebook ads specifically targeted MI and Wisconsin, two states crucial to Donald Trump's victory last November, according to four sources with direct knowledge of the situation. Mark Warner, provided an update on a congressional investigation that was launched the same month as President Donald Trump was inaugurated. But he added that the 2016 election demonstrated "the Russian intelligence service is determined, clever and I recommend every campaign and every elected official take this seriously".

In an earlier post on Monday, Joel Kaplan, Facebook's vice-president of global public policy, said the company was planning to hire more than 1,000 people to help review advertisements globally. "Their response was frankly inadequate on every level".

However, the Senate Judiciary Committee - which is also conducting its own Russian Federation probe - was able to interview the man who hired Mr Steele to compile the report, Glenn Simpson, behind closed doors. The president, however, has not said he believes them.