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Senate Intelligence report on election vulnerabilities expected in March: report

Senate Intelligence report on election vulnerabilities expected in March: report
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The Senate Intelligence Committee is preparing to issue a report on vulnerabilities in the U.S. election system — the first such product of the panel's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that the intelligence committee is working on the report and hopes to complete it by March. 

Even after it's completed, however, the report will still need to be vetted to ensure that it does not put classified information at risk. Still, the committee hopes to release the document ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. 

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Sen. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrOvernight Finance: Senate rejects Trump immigration plan | U.S. Bancorp to pay 0M in fines for lacking money laundering protections | Cryptocurrency market overcharges users | Prudential fights to loosen oversight Senators introduce bill to help businesses with trade complaints Our intelligence chiefs just want to tell the truth about national security MORE (R-N.C.), the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told the Journal that the report will "hopefully" be released before the primaries begin. 

The report is expected to focus on vulnerabilities in the country's election infrastructure — rather than some of the more controversial questions surrounding the committee's investigation, like ties between President TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out 'subversion' at VA MORE's campaign and Russia.

Trump has repeatedly denied the notion that his campaign colluded with the Russians, and has called investigations into the matter a "witch hunt."

The anticipated report is expected to be the first in a series of assessments issued by the Senate Intelligence Committee, according to the Journal. Other reports will cover foreign actors' attempts to manipulate voters using social media. 

The Senate Intelligence Committee is one of several congressional panels looking into the matter of Russia's election meddling. The House Intelligence Committee is conducting a similar probe, though it has been torn by repeated partisan controversies.