- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 30, 2017

Sen. Angus King, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said he expects the panel’s probe in Russia’s meddling in the U.S. election to last at least six months.

“I optimistically say six months, it may be longer, but I think that is a reasonable target given the volume and complexity of the investigation,” the Maine Independent, said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

“Remember this is about the Russian hacking, whether there were connections with the Trump campaign and importantly what the Russians were trying to do with state elections system. So that is going to take a while, and I think realistically six to eight months hopefully is going to be sufficient,” Mr. King said.

In a briefing with reporters on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, the leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee - Richard Burr, North Carolina Republican, and Mark Warner, Virginia Democrat, said they plan to question 20 people - including President Trump’s son-in-law and advisor Jared Kushner.

The committee is scheduled to meet Thursday in a hearing that has been billed as “Disinformation: A Primer in Russian Active Measures and Influence Campaigns.”

The witness list includes Eugene Rumer, director of the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Clint Watts, of the Foreign Policy Research Institute Program on National Security and Kevin Mandia, of FireEye.

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