Now they’re just saying the Russian Facebook ads were only to create ‘chaos,’ not back a specific candidate:
In the first extended update from Congress’ highest-profile probe into Russian meddling in the election, Sen. Richard Burr, North Carolina Republican and chairman of the Select Committee on Intelligence, and the committee’s top Democrat, Sen. Mark R. Warner of Virginia, said months of investigation have not identified any collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s campaign, but the inquiry is continuing.
In recent weeks, the sprawling investigation has zeroed in on the social media and tech firms that dominate the internet, including Google and Twitter. Ranked among the country’s largest spenders on federal lobbying, the companies initially balked at cooperating until Facebook succumbed to mounting bipartisan pressure to provide more details about the unprecedented surge of Russian propaganda ad buys last year.
While special counsel Robert Mueller investigates suspected ties between the Kremlin and Mr. Trump’s campaign, the lawmakers described a broad-brush approach to stoke social divides and undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system.
“The subject matter of the ads seems to have been to create chaos in every group that they could possibly identify in America,” said Mr. Burr, referring to some 3,000 ads that Facebook turned over to the committee this week.