The Senate Intelligence Committee just announced that it will be launching a bipartisan inquiry into Russian intelligence activities.
The scope of the probe will include “Counterintelligence concerns related to Russia and the 2016 U.S. election, including any intelligence regarding links between Russia and individuals associated with political campaigns.”
Both committee chair Sen. Richard Burr and ranking member Sen. Mark Warner released a statement that said:
“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.
In the course of its regular work, the Committee conducts oversight of the Intelligence Community’s collection and analysis related to Russia; however, the October 7, 2016, joint statement on election security from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), combined with the declassified Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) of ‘Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections’ raise profound concerns.”
Burr said the committee will “conduct a bipartisan inquiry of the intelligence reporting” behind the intelligence Community’s report on Russian meddling in the election that was released last week.
The committee plans to hold hearings, interview officials from the Obama and Trump administrations, “including the issuance of subpoenas if necessary to compel testimony.”