WASHINGTON — The Latest on congressional probes into Russian meddling in Congress (all times local):
Former U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power has met with investigators on the Senate intelligence committee.
The committee is investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible links to President Donald Trump’s campaign. Some Republicans have publicly questioned whether Power and other Obama administration officials inappropriately made requests to “unmask” identities of Trump campaign officials in intelligence reports.
A lawyer for Power, David Pressman, says she is “eager to engage” with both the Senate panel and the House intelligence committee, which is doing a similar investigation.
Pressman says bipartisan efforts to determine what took place and to prevent future attacks are critical, not least because those who have discovered vulnerabilities in the system will inevitably seek to exploit them again.
The House has overwhelmingly backed legislation supporting critical national security programs, including those addressing counterterrorism and cyberattacks.
The vote was 380-35.
The bill sets spending levels for national intelligence programs slightly below the amount sought by President Donald Trump.
The bill reflects tensions over Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election and the disclosure of classified information.
It requires the intelligence community to provide reports to Congress regarding future threats to federal elections and Russia’s effort to influence foreign elections. It also requires reports on investigations stemming from the leak of classified information.
Democrats had previously blocked passage of the bill under a process that did not allow for an extended debate. Still, the bill was considered non-controversial and committee leaders from both parties encouraged colleagues to support it.