Senate Foreign Relations panel to probe Russian hacking
 
Corker, who chairs the committee, told CNN that senators would hold open hearings as well as classified, closed-door briefings.
 
"We are going to systematically walk through the entire Russia issue and fully understand what has transpired," Corker said. 
 
Corker's decision makes the Foreign Relations panel the third Senate committee to probe allegations that Russia tried to influence the U.S. election. The Intelligence and Armed Services committees are also expected to conduct their own investigations.
 
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Corker added Tuesday that while it's clear Russia tried to interfere in U.S. politics, it's unclear if their aim was to help elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpAlaska Republican Party cancels 2020 primary Ukrainian official denies Trump pressured president Trump goes after New York Times, Washington Post: 'They have gone totally CRAZY!!!!' MORE, now the president-elect.
 
A spokeswoman told The Hill that the committee will begin with hearings in early January.
 
"The committee plans to systematically look at this issue in the broader context of our overall Russia policy and will begin with both a classified briefing and an open hearing on Russia," the aide added.

The Washington Post reported Friday that the CIA concluded Russia intervened in the election to try to help the real estate mogul. 

The report sparked calls from an influential group of lawmakers, including incoming Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSchumer, Pelosi push Trump to back universal background check bill Sinema says she would back Kennedy in race against Markey Democrats threaten to withhold defense votes over wall MORE (D-N.Y.), to create a special select committee to investigate the allegations.
 
 
Democratic Sens. Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinSenate confirms two Treasury nominees over Democratic objections Congress passes bill to begin scenic byways renaissance GOP lawmaker: 'Dangerous' abuse of Interpol by Russia, China, Venezuela MORE (Md.), Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinFeinstein calls on Justice to push for release of Trump whistleblower report Senate Judiciary Committee requests consultation with admin on refugee admissions Trump reignites court fight with Ninth Circuit pick MORE (Calif.) and Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyHillicon Valley: Zuckerberg courts critics on Capitol Hill | Amazon makes climate pledge | Senate panel approves 0M for state election security Senate committee approves 0 million for state election security efforts Senate panel approves three spending bills MORE (Vt.) — the top Democrats on the Foreign Relations, Intelligence and Judiciary committees, respectively — are separately pushing for a nonpartisan commission to be created.

Nine Democratic senators also said Tuesday they want a formal intelligence report on Russian tampering in the U.S. election before Trump takes office next month.

Trump dismissed the CIA's assessment in an interview Sunday, calling it "ridiculous." Trump said Monday that if the election results were reversed and he was the one making such an accusation it would be considered a "conspiracy theory."

Updated at 4:45 p.m.