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Senate intel panel plans probe into spying


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Washington : The Senate Intelligence Committee has announced a probe into Russian spying, saying US intelligence reports of Moscow’s interference in the 2016 election and possible ties to US parties “raise profound concerns.”

The probe, supported by both Democrats and Republicans on the panel, could see officials of both Barack Obama’s outgoing administration and the incoming government of Donald Trump, who won the November 8 presidential vote, forced to testify, reports AFP.

US intelligence agencies allege that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a covert effort to interfere in the election to boost Trump and harm his opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton.

“As part of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s oversight responsibilities, we believe that it is critical to have a full understanding of the scope of Russian intelligence activities impacting the United States,” the Senate committee said in a statement on Friday.

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