GOP senators say they are concerned about Russian meddling in the U.n. vote and want to examine whether Russian actors broke the rules to gain access to sensitive information.
The lawmakers on the Senate Intelligence Committee say they have also raised concerns about whether Russian interference affected the integrity of the Nov. 8 election.
They were briefed by the panel’s chairman, Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., on Thursday.
Burr is a former member of President Donald Trump’s transition team.
The committee’s top Democrat, Sen, Mark Warner, D-Va., says that the committee is looking at whether the Russians did anything different in their dealings with U.s. officials.
Burr told reporters Friday that the information that the senators have shared with the committee will help inform a broader discussion on Russian meddling and U.ns. elections in general.
Warner also called on the White House to release documents and communications that would help determine if Russian agents attempted to influence the election, a demand that the White’s office said is being considered.
The Trump administration has said it has nothing to hide and has said no Russians were involved.
Trump tweeted that the investigation is being conducted by a special prosecutor.
He did not say if Burr would call for special counsel Robert Mueller to investigate the Trump campaign and Russia.
Russia has denied meddling in last year’s U.
The House Intelligence Committee is also investigating Russia’s interference in the election and the Trump administration’s response to it.
Burr’s panel also said Thursday it will look at the impact of the Russian interference on the election process and how the U,ns.
should respond to Russian attempts to interfere in U.,ns.
He said that the Russian meddling is not the first time U. s. officials have been influenced by Russian agents.
Burr and Warner both said the committee would hold public hearings into Russian meddling on Thursday and Friday.
The Republican chairman said the panel is examining whether the Trump transition team was involved in the effort to influence an election and whether anyone involved in that effort should be prosecuted.
“We will be working to see if we can determine if the transition team acted as an agent of the Russians, if the Russians interfered with our elections, if there was collusion between the campaign and the Russians,” Burr said.
Warner said the hearing will focus on whether Trump campaign associates colluded with Russia in an effort to interfere with the election.
He added that the Trump team has made it clear that they have no ties to the Russian government and have denied any wrongdoing.
The panel will also look at whether any other officials in the Trump staff who may have had contacts with Russian officials or others are in violation of federal laws, such as the Logan Act.
Warner is the ranking member on the House Intelligence panel, which has jurisdiction over matters related to national security and foreign intelligence.
The Senate Intelligence committee is the second GOP-led committee to hold hearings into Russia’s election interference.
Sen. Ron Johnson, R, Wisconsin, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said he would hold his own hearing.
Johnson is a veteran of the Obama administration.
Johnson has also called for a bipartisan investigation of Russian meddling.
Johnson said that Congress should hold hearings on Russian interference because the country is “trying to determine what went wrong, how much it went wrong.”
He added, “It is very important that we understand how the Russians got their hands on this information.”
Johnson also said he hopes the U.,ans will be able to look at what the U s did to stop Russia from interfering in the elections and how they responded.
“That is important to understand because we’re looking at what was the outcome of that effort,” Johnson said.
Johnson, the panel chairman, has been criticized by Democrats for his skepticism about the extent of Russian interference and said Thursday that he plans to hold public hearing on whether Russia tried to interfere.
The hearing comes after The Associated Press reported Thursday that the FBI and the National Security Agency, the U ,s main intelligence agency, had identified three separate Russian-backed hackers who stole Democratic National Committee emails and released them to WikiLeaks.
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Security Council is expected to hold a special session on Russian election interference on Friday.