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U.S. Senate vows impartial, independent Russia probe

Mar 30, 2017, 7:46 AM EDT
Democratic Senator Mark Warner
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The Republican and Democratic leaders, who are a part of Senate’s intelligence committee investigating alleged Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election, pledged on Wednesday that they will conduct a bipartisan, independent probe. The “good-humored and tactile show of unity” comes as a similar inquiry by the House intelligence committee remains marred with acrimony on account of political rifts.

Republican senator Richard Burr and his Democratic counterpart Mark Warner, who are set to hold the first public hearing on Thursday beginning with former National Security Agency director Keith Alexander, said they will track the truth wherever the intelligence leads, notes the BBC.

Warner has elaborated on how more than a thousand of cyber trolls were roped in by Russia to plant fake stories, aimed at skewing November’s election in favor of President Donald Trump, then Republican presidential candidate, writes The Guardian. The two senators also warned of Russia’s plans to meddle with the upcoming French elections.