He said the panel interviewed multiple witnesses about an April 2016 event at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, where then-Sen. "In that year, the three RT accounts promoted 1,823 tweets that definitely or potentially targeted the U.S. market", Twitter said.
At an energy development forum in Moscow, hours before the Intelligence Committee announced their findings, Putin said that relations with America had "become hostage to the internal political situation in the U.S".
Sen. Warner expressed disappointment that it took the Department of Homeland Security 11 months to release the names of the 21 states targeted by Russian Federation during the election, stressing that "we can do better than that". But until now, it has held closed door meetings with officials. A Facebook spokesperson said the company's position on the ads had not changed since a public statement September 21 that referred to them as user content that Facebook could not disclose.
Facebook said Wednesday that it had accepted invitations from the Senate and House intelligence committees, and Twitter confirmed that it would testify before the Senate panel. "I was concerned at first that some of these companies did not take this threat seriously enough", Vice Chair Mark Warner said.
One of the memos, dated September 14, 2016, alleges that Alfa Bank executives Mikhail Fridman, Peter Aven and German Khan took part in the Kremlin's election meddling.
Burr also detailed some of the threads the investigation has pursued without giving any final conclusions about them. But Facebook could, Sen.
Burr added that they've interviewed every Obama official involved on what they did and didn't do. "And I would tell you the fact that we're sitting here nine months later investigating it, they have been pretty darn successful". All three companies - Facebook, Twitter and Google - have been invited to testify publicly November 1 before the committee. Twitter and Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment. "If you don't voluntarily come, I will assure you, you will be compelled to come".
"There are concerns that we continue to pursue".
"This is taking a long time. We believe that the american people deserve to know firsthand".
LUCAS: Standing next to Burr in a packed Senate press conference, the committee's top Democrat, Senator Mark Warner, zeroed in on social media companies like Facebook and Twitter. But, as for "findings", they say "we haven't any".
Facebook hasn't stayed completely silent. It's a matter not just of uncovering a past attack on American democracy by a foreign power but also of understanding and preventing similar attacks going forward.
"For those I hurt this year, I ask forgiveness and I will try to be better", he wrote on Facebook.
"Because states like Wisconsin and MI will be critical to elections, and because of the apparent success of these operations to date, we can expect to see more of it", Schroeder said.
But it's clear that lawmakers want more.
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