Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., left, with Committee Chairman Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 29, 2017, to discuss their panel's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The Latest: Senator tells intel panel to 'follow the money'

March 30, 2017 - 12:00 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Senate intelligence committee's hearing on Russian interference in last year's presidential election (all times local):

12:00 p.m.

Sen. Ron Wyden is imploring the Senate intelligence committee to "follow the money" on Russia.

The Oregon Democrat says fishy real estate deals and money laundering might mean that the "Russian government may be only a step or two away" from American institutions.

He asked Russia experts testifying at a congressional hearing about Russian corruption.

Clint Watts is with the Foreign Policy Research Institute Program on National Security. Watts suggested that the committee also "follow the dead bodies."

Watts says several Russians tied to the investigation into Kremlin disinformation activities have been killed in the past three months — not only in Russia, but in western countries as well.


10:50 a.m.

Russia experts are telling the Senate intelligence committee that President Vladimir Putin hasn't stopped his alleged disinformation campaign in America.

Clint Watts is with the Foreign Policy Research Institute Program on National Security. Watts testified Thursday that just this past week, social media campaigns were targeting House Speaker Paul Ryan.

He didn't offer details, but Watts said the campaigns are evidence that Russia is continuing to seek further unrest among U.S. democratic institutions, leaders and their constituents.

There was no immediate comment from Ryan's office.


10:40 a.m.

Sen. Mark Warner is alleging that Russia continually sought to undermine American trust in the U.S. media.

Speaking at a congressional hearing on Russian meddling in the presidential election on Thursday, Warner calls the tactic Russian propaganda "on steroids."

The top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee claims Russian propaganda outlets like RT and Sputnik produced and peddled disinformation to U.S. audiences in hopes of damaging Hillary Clinton. Warner says he's not trying to relitigate the outcome of the election, but wants to warn Americans about Russian activities.

He says he wants President Donald Trump to uncover Russian activities during the election, but he chastised Trump for what he calls "wild and uncorroborated accusations" that his campaign was wiretapped.


10:15 a.m.

The top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee is butting heads with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In opening remarks at a congressional hearing on Thursday, Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia said definitively that Putin ordered a carefully constructed campaign to undermine last year's presidential election.

In Moscow, Putin on Thursday dismissed what he called "endless and groundless" accusations of Russian meddling in the election. Putin describes the allegations as part of the U.S. domestic political struggle.

Putin also said he's ready to meet with President Donald Trump at an upcoming Arctic summit.


7:35 a.m.

House Speaker Paul Ryan is maintaining support for embattled House intelligence committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (NOO'-nehs).

In an interview on CBS' "This Morning," Ryan says Nunes told him a "whistleblower-type person" gave him some new information on Russian meddling in the election. Ryan says he hasn't seen the new documents, but, "We're waiting for it to be provided to Congress."

Nunes met with a secret source on White House grounds last week to review classified material, which he says indicates that Trump associates' communications were captured in "incidental" surveillance of foreigners. Democrats want Nunes to recuse himself from his Russia probe in the House.

When asked if the president himself is under investigation, Ryan said, "I won't speak for the FBI, but I've never seen any suggestion or any evidence that that's the case."

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