Senators upbeat about special counsel meeting

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson’s testimony before the House Intelligence Committee (all times local):

3:35 p.m.

Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee say they’ve had a productive meeting with Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating potential ties between Russia and the Trump campaign.

A group of lawmakers, including the committee’s chairman and top Democrat, met with Mueller on Wednesday to ensure that their separate investigations would not interfere with each other.

They say “both parties have committed to keeping an open dialogue.”

Separately, acting FBI director Andrew McCabe told the House Appropriations Committee he is confident that Mueller is receiving the resources he needs for the investigation.


3:05 p.m.

Special counsel Robert Mueller has finished his meeting with leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee in a secure room in the Capitol.

Mueller was on Capitol Hill Wednesday to discuss his investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.

Mueller met for about an hour with the top four Republicans and Democrats on the committee.

The committee’s ranking Democrat, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, said it was an introductory meeting aimed at working to ensure the congressional investigations don’t conflict with the one led by Mueller.


12:35 p.m.

Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says cyberattacks orchestrated by the Russian government did not alter any ballots, ballot counts or the reporting of election results.

But Johnson tells the House Intelligence committee that he doesn’t know whether the hacking of the Democratic National Committee’s emails and other Moscow-directed interference “did in fact alter public opinion, and thereby alter the outcome of the presidential election.”

Johnson tells the panel that U.S. voting systems remain vulnerable to future cyberattacks. He’s urging lawmakers to grapple with the problem and to shield a pillar of…

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