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Senate Intelligence Vice Chairman Mark Warner echoed Burr's statement. But he added that Russian intelligence could threaten the next round of congressional elections next year.

"It seems that the overall theme of the Russian involvement in the USA election was to create chaos at every level", he said.

"You can't walk away from this and believe Russia's not now active in trying to create chaos in our election process", Burr said.

One witness the lawmakers say they've been unable to question is Christopher Steele, a former British spy believed to have compiled a dossier of allegations about Trump connections to Russian Federation.

The special counsel investigating whether Russia tried to sway the 2016 USA election has taken over Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiries into a former British spy's dossier of allegations of Russian financial and personal links to President Donald Trump's campaign and associates, sources familiar with the inquiry told Reuters. Burr said they still don't know who commissioned the dossier or who Steele's sources are. "If we believe that you have something valuable to bring to the committee, if you don't voluntarily do it, I will assure you today you will be compelled to do it".

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

"There are concerns that we continue to pursue".

The senate intelligence leaders revealed that during the course of their investigations, they conducted over 100 interviews, reviewed 100,000 documents and have gone through over 4,000 transcripts. Burr and Warner are keeping their committee clear of that question, and another panel, the Judiciary Committee, has locked horns with the Justice Department about getting witnesses for its own inquiry.

Sen. Burr confirmed that the committee trusts findings from the intelligence community on Russian Federation meddling, in contradiction to president Trump who has repeatedly called any report to that effect a hoax.

Senator Burr added: "I think there is general consensus among members and staff we trust the conclusions". Richard Burr, who along with the panel's top Democrat, Sen. "We continue to investigate both intelligence and witnesses", Burr said.

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Burr and Warner said they have largely confirmed the conclusions the intelligence community reached under the Obama administration that the Russian government meddled in the 2016 USA election.

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.

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.

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