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The head of the FBI discussed with members of the Senate, Russia’s influence on U.S. elections. The meeting was held in closed format, but after some of its members were assured that the Senate Committee thoroughly investigates this question
FBI Director James Comey at a closed meeting with members of the Senate intelligence Committee discussed the progress of the investigation on the “influence of Russia on the elections.” It is reported by CNN.
The TV channel notes that members of the Senate were not at the end of the event to comment on what issues they were able to discuss. However, Republican Senator Marco Rubio expressed confidence that after this meeting, the Committee will conduct a thorough investigation of the incident.
“Now I am absolutely sure that the Senate intelligence Committee, in which I am a member, will conduct a thorough bipartisan investigation of the interference and influence [Russian President Vladimir] Putin [the elections]”, he wrote in his Twitter.
A member of the democratic party of mark Warner announced that the Committee insisted on retaining the White house documents that may be useful in the investigation.
Thursday, February 16, the new Pentagon chief James Mattis said that he had virtually no doubt about the intervention of Russia in elections in other countries.
“Now I can say that I have little doubt about the fact that Russia interfered or tried to interfere in the electoral process number of countries,” he said, speaking at a meeting of defense Ministers of NATO countries in Brussels.
Accusations of Russian meddling in the election process were first heard during the presidential campaign in the United States when I was hacked the server of the Democratic party.
In January, US intelligence published an unclassified version of the report about the “Russian interference” in the presidential election. It was alleged that Vladimir Putin “with high probability” supervised these actions.
Late charges in the provision of the Moscow’s influence in the elections was the candidate for the French presidency Emmanuel macron. He complained of the Russian TV channel Russia Today and Sputnik Agency, which, in his opinion, distributed “fake news” in order to undermine public opinion about him. In addition, the General Secretary of the party, Richard Ferrand reported the cyber attacks on Internet resources of the movement of the Macron.
Moscow has repeatedly denied Russia’s intervention in the race in other countries. The Minister of foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov at the meeting with U.S. Secretary of state Rex Tillerson stressed once again that Russia has no influence on elections in other States.