New Senate Intel report on Russia's election interference expected next week

New Senate Intel report on Russia's election interference expected next week
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A new bipartisan report from the Senate Intelligence Committee on Russia's election interference is expected to be released next week, lawmakers said Friday.

The third installment of the panel's five-part investigation into Russia's election interference efforts is set to focus on how the Obama administration responded to hacking and disinformation operations directed by the Kremlin.

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrThe 17 Republicans who voted to advance the Senate infrastructure bill Senate votes to take up infrastructure deal Senators say they have deal on 'major issues' in infrastructure talks MORE (R-N.C.) told reporters Friday that the third volume “should be back from final review today,” and that he hoped the declassified version would be released publicly “first of the week.”

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Burr said the delay was a result of the intelligence community needing to review and declassify the findings, and to include majority and minority views in the report.

Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerDemocrats join GOP in pressuring Biden over China, virus origins Senators say they have deal on 'major issues' in infrastructure talks On The Money: Senate infrastructure talks on shaky grounds | Trump tells Republicans to walk away | GOP sees debt ceiling as its leverage against Biden MORE (Va.), the top Democrat on the committee, told reporters Friday he was “anxious” to release the report to the public. He blamed the intelligence community's declassification process for slowing the release of both the third and fourth volumes of the investigation.

“Both of them, they have been done for months now. I do worry that a declassification process that has always been legitimate, I start to have increasing questions about whether it’s being politicized,” Warner said.

A congressional source told The Hill that while the committee is hoping to release the third report early next week, the release could be delayed if President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer New York state Senate candidate charged in riot Trump called acting attorney general almost daily to push election voter fraud claim: report GOP senator clashes with radio caller who wants identity of cop who shot Babbitt MORE's impeachment trial continues beyond Saturday.

The first volume, which dealt with Russian attempts to target voting infrastructure in the lead-up to the 2016 election, was released in July. The second volume, on Russian efforts to spread disinformation on social media, was made public in October.

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Both reports were made public with large portions redacted after going through the declassification process.

The first volume was released the same week former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE testified before two House committees about his Russia report. Mueller told lawmakers that Russia would attempt to interfere in the 2020 elections as well.

The fourth and fifth volumes, compiled after a three-year investigation by the committee, will examine the intelligence community’s assessment of Russian interference and any remaining counterintelligence questions involved in Moscow's interference efforts.

--Updated at 5:30 p.m.