After a steady stream of allegations that Russia interfered with the U.S. presidential election, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence said it will open an inquiry into “any intelligence regarding links between Russia and individuals associated with political campaigns.”
The lawmakers will summon a bevy of senior officials – via subpoena, if necessary – from both the Obama administration and the incoming Trump administration to suss out any links between the nation-state and people with ties to either political campaign.
“We believe that it is critical to have a full understanding of the scope of Russian intelligence activities impacting the United States,” according to a statement from committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-Va.).
The two pledged to “follow the intelligence wherever it leads.”
The intelligence community has concluded that Russia interfered in the election to influence the outcome in favor of President-elect Donald Trump. In recent weeks, questions have arisen about ties between Russia and the New York businessman’s campaign, with the latest reports saying that Russia has gathered compromising information on the incoming president.
The election has been plagued with rumors of misconduct and influence.
The Inspector General Michael Horowitz Thursday said he was opening a wide-ranging probe into purported misconduct by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for its handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server and FBI Director James Comey’s decision to alert members of Congress to its renewed interest in the Clinton shortly before the presidential election.