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Here are five key updates on the Russia investigation you need to know about


The Senate's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election has expanded "slightly," according to Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), chairman of the Senate Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

Burr, who was joined by Vice Chairman Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), told reporters the committee's initial review generated 100 additional requests for information, which it is now looking into. Here are five key points from the the committee's most recent update:

1. The 2016 election results were not altered

The Department of Homeland Security reported in September that Russian-backed hackers had attempted to infiltrate the electoral computer systems of 21 states across the country during the election, stoking fears that results could have been altered. Despite the attack, Burr assured the public that the results were accurate.

"We can certifiably say that no vote totals were affected," said the chairman. "The tallies are accurate."

2. The collusion investigation is ongoing

Trump's 2016 electoral campaign has been accused of colluding with Russia during the election, but Trump associates have denied the allegations.

"I'm not even going to discuss any initial findings because we haven't any," said Burr. "We've got a tremendous amount of documents still to go through."

3. Major tech leaders will appear at a public hearing

Russia is believed to have used social media as a vehicle to sow discontent among U.S. voters during the campaign season. In addition to fake accounts and fake news, Russia is also believed to have bought 3,000 ads on Facebook in an effort to stir up voters.

Google, Twitter and Facebook officials will appear before the committee, according to Warner, in an effort to help determine if content is actually being liked by Americans or if it is being artificially popularized.

4. Watch out for Russian intelligence

The committee has a lot of work yet to do, but Burr warned that Russian intelligence is very much a threat to upcoming elections.

"What I will confirm is that the Russian intelligence service is determined, clever, and I recommend that every campaign and every election official take this very seriously as we move into this November's election and as we move into preparation for the 2018 election," said the chairman.

5. No more looking into Comey's firing... for now

Trump's abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey earlier this year as the Russia investigation was ongoing raised several eyebrows. However, the committee has decided to cease its inquiry into the matter.

"This topic has been hotly debated, and the committee is satisfied that our involvement with this issues has reached a logical end as it relates to the Russia investigation," said Burr. "Now again, this is not something that we've closed, but we have exhausted every person that we can talk to get information that is pertinent to us, relative to the Russia investigation."

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