The Senate Intelligence Committee is set to start its investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election on Tuesday, just weeks after the panel’s chairman, Richard Burr, announced he would subpoena the FBI and Justice Department for information about the matter.
The committee has been examining the possibility that the Kremlin orchestrated an effort to influence the outcome of the election to help Donald Trump win the White House.
Burr has repeatedly said he intends to subpoena the Justice Department and FBI for information related to their investigation.
In a statement to The Associated Press on Monday, Burr said: “The committee will be looking at whether the Russian government sought to undermine the integrity of the U.S. election process and influence the election results in favor of the President-elect.”
Burr added: “We also will be examining the potential coordination between the Russian Government and individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian intelligence services.”
The Senate Intelligence panel is set for a two-week recess on Tuesday.
Burr’s announcement came just days after the House Intelligence Committee subpoenaed the FBI for documents related to its probe into the Trump-Russian interference.
Burr told reporters he wanted to ask questions about the bureau’s investigation because he believed the bureau was “deeply biased” in favor the Republican candidate.
The Senate panel is expected to begin its probe at a time when Burr has not been asked to testify before the committee.
Burr and Vice President Mike Pence have both said they will step down as the committee’s chair after the end of the 2018 session.
The Senate is expected soon to consider Burr’s successor.