Senate committee moving forward with Russia hacking probe
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The Senate Intelligence Committee is moving forward with its probe into Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential race. 

Sens. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrTrump assures storm victims in Carolinas: 'We will be there 100 percent' Overnight Energy: Trump rolls back methane pollution rule | EPA watchdog to step down | China puts tariffs on US gas Graham: Mueller is going to be allowed to finish investigation MORE (R-N.C.) and Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerRussia docs order sets Trump on collision with intel community Hillicon Valley: North Korean IT firm hit with sanctions | Zuckerberg says Facebook better prepared for midterms | Big win for privacy advocates in Europe | Bezos launches B fund to help children, homeless Bipartisan trio asks US intelligence to investigate ‘deepfakes’ MORE (D-Va.), the top members on the committee, made the announcement after the intelligence panel held its weekly closed-door briefing on Tuesday.
 
"The Committee today agreed to move forward, under terms of reference proposed by Chairman Burr and Vice Chairman Warner, with its inquiry into Russian efforts directed against the 2016 US elections and related efforts abroad," read a joint statement from the pair.
 
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The committee "hopes to expeditiously conduct its review and report its findings," the two lawmakers added.
 
Tuesday's meeting was the panel's first since it announced earlier this month before Trump took office that it was launching a bipartisan probe into Russian intelligence activities, including if then-President-elect Donald Trump's allies were in contact with Moscow.
 
According to a previous statement from mid-January, the probe is expected to cover "counterintelligence concerns related to Russia and the 2016 U.S. election, including any intelligence regarding links between Russia and individuals associated with political campaigns."
 
Trump has repeatedly denied ties between his team and Moscow, as well as the CIA's finding that Russia conducted an influence operation during the election to help secure his victory.
 
But Tuesday's statement from Burr and Warner comes as the FBI and five other agencies are reportedly investigating if Russia secretly helped Trump win the election.
 
The Kremlin has also consistently denied all U.S. allegations, calling them false and unsubstantiated.