The Senate’s most powerful committee with oversight of U.S. intelligence agencies will meet mostly behind closed doors as it takes on a broad and serious investigation into “cyber activity directed against our nation by the Russian government,” said U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, intelligence committee chairman, on Friday. Burr, who is North Carolina’s senior Republican senator, laid out in a news statement a lengthy description of the committee’s work ahead, which will be done by Democrats and Republicans, in nonpartisan fashion, he said. Officials who work for President Barack Obama, as well as members of President-elect Donald Trump’s team, could be called on to testify under oath in front of Congress on the issue of alleged Russian hacking and subsequent leaks. The hacking targeted the Democratic Party and, specifically, Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
The Senate intelligence committee plans to “interview senior officials of both the outgoing and incoming administrations, including the issuance of subpoenas if necessary to compel testimony,” Burr’s statement said.
Burr’s statement didn’t mention Clinton or Trump by name but said the committee’s work will, in part, look at how intelligence analysts gathered information about “Russian ‘active measures’ in the U.S. political sphere.” And, he said, the committee wants to know how the intelligence was provided to policymakers and how it was used.
But, the upcoming investigation is not limited to only the 2016 election.