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 BurrClapper: Brennan's rhetoric is becoming an issue Top Republican: Senate panel not ready to wrap up Russia probe White House weighs clawing back State, foreign aid funding 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 TrumpTrump threatens ex-intel official's clearance, citing comments on CNN Protesters topple Confederate monument on UNC campus Man wanted for threatening to shoot Trump spotted in Maryland 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.