Senate Intelligence Committee to review Russian hacking report sources
WASHINGTON — Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr said Tuesday that the panel will conduct an independent review of the intelligence community's report that charged the Russian government with interfering in the U.S. presidential election to try to help President-elect Donald Trump.
While emphasizing that he "has no reason to doubt the findings" contained in the report, the North Carolina Republican said "we owe it to our colleagues and the American people to do an independent review of the report and its conclusions." The report, released Friday, concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the hacking of Democratic emails during the election to try to undermine Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Burr said he will direct a small, select group of committee staff to analyze the report, including the classified sources that the FBI, CIA and National Security Agency used to form their conclusions. Those sources have not been publicly revealed because doing so would jeopardize their lives, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told the committee during a hearing Tuesday.
Clapper testified before the panel along with FBI Director James Comey, CIA Director John Brennan and Adm. Michael Rogers, the NSA's director. It was the first time they have testified before Congress since the report's release on Friday afternoon.