Issue of Trump campaign collusion with Russian Federation 'still open'

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R-N.C.; and Senate Intelligence Vice Chair Mark Warner, D-Va., hold a news conference on the status of the committee's inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 election on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, October 4, 2017.

The white house is reiterating there was no collusion with Russian Federation.

"We have not come to any determination on collusion or Russia's preferences", Burr said.

The information on Trump collected by Steele, whom officials say was one of MI6's most respected Russian Federation hands, was laid out a year ago in political "opposition research" initially financed by supporters of one of Trump's Republican primary election opponents.

"I think the pattern that they used in America has been used in other nations around the world", Warner said, alluding to Russian efforts to sway elections in France, Germany and other nations.

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

Facebook said it had 17,048 employees at the end of 2016, excluding contractors.

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Warner said the aim was to "sow chaos and drive division in our country".

"We understand more about how our service was abused and we will continue to investigate to learn all we can". He warned that the media has only gotten "glimpses" into their investigation.

Mr Burr said no vote counts had been altered.

Burr said the panel wanted to finish its investigation by the end of the year. It was a significant statement from a senior Republican, as the president has dismissed accounts of Russian meddling in the election as "a hoax". Special counsel Robert Mueller has been investigating for months the Trump team's connections to Russians, and even the possibility of collusion.

Aside from oversight of the intelligence assessment, the probe includes an ongoing look into any collusion by either campaign with the Kremlin during the 2016 election, as well as ongoing Russian active measures. Later this month, longtime Trump lawyer Michael Cohen is slated to testify in open session before the Senate committee. The committee has asked executives from Facebook, Twitter and Google to appear before it on 1 November, and Facebook announced on Wednesday that it would attend.

Like other companies that sell advertising space, Facebook publishes policies for what it allows, prohibiting ads that are violent, discriminate based on race or promote the sale of illegal drugs. CNN reported Wednesday that some of the ads specifically targeted MI and Wisconsin, two states that were critical to President Donald Trump's victory. "I believe they are recognizing that threat now", Warner said. Kaplan said the company would require more documentation from advertisers who want to run advertisements related to the United States election. "Their response was frankly inadequate on every level".

Steele is reported to have spoken to Federal Bureau of Investigation officials about his findings and given them information on his sources.

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