Senate update on Russia investigation expected Wednesday

Posted on: October 4th, 2017 by ABC News No Comments — New findings from the Senate Intelligence Committee investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election are expected to be made public Wednesday.

Sens. Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Mark Warner, D-Va., are set to announce an update on the committee’s investigation, with Burr telling ABC News earlier this week that it will be “a detailed update.”

“I think we will address a lot of things on Wednesday at our press conference,” Burr said. “I won’t tell you that it’s going to be a preliminary report, but I think we’ll get into things that we’re either close to closing the book on or we have closed the book on. It’ll go into pretty good depth on the elections and talk a little bit about where we go from here.”

Earlier this week, Facebook turned over more than 3,000 Russian-linked ads to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees and Senate Judiciary Committee, along with related impression and targeting data and payment information.

Facebook, which began reviewing the ads over the summer, estimated that the ads reached roughly 10 million users, according to a company official.

“These ads are significant to our investigation as they help demonstrate how Russia employed sophisticated measures to push disinformation and propaganda to millions of Americans online during the election, in order to sow discord and chaos, and divide us from one another,” Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said in a statement.

News of those 3,000 ads came a month after Facebook revealed it had discovered 450 accounts and about $100,000 in ad spending linked to Russia on divisive issues during the U.S. presidential campaign.

Details that will be revealed later this afternoon are unknown, but it seems unlikely that the ads themselves will be released.

Burr said Monday that he was opposed to releasing the advertisements publicly because he believes “no investigative body should be the source of sensitive documents, and I consider any document for this investigation sensitive.”

Schiff hopes to release a sampling of the ads at a hearing with the technology firms scheduled for later this month.

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