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- Richard Burr on the Senate Intelligence Committee’s Russia investigation, 2 years on
by Olivia Gazis, http://www.cbsnews.com/
…. The committee’s Republican majority, over the protestations of Democrats, issued a final report last spring that found “no evidence” that the Trump campaign colluded or conspired with the Russian government — while acknowledging there had been instances of “poor judgment” demonstrated by some Trump officials.
For now, Burr appears to have arrived at his answer. “If we write a report based upon the facts that we have, then we don’t have anything that would suggest there was collusion by the Trump campaign and Russia,” he said.
The finality of Burr’s assertion was jarring — but he had said a version of it before. He told Fox News in September that the committee had found no “hard evidence” of collusion, though new information could still come to light.
He now doubled down, adding it was “accurate with everything we’ve accumulated since then.”
“My only advice to you is, be careful. There are a lot of false narratives out there,” he said. He said the committee had wasted some of its time interviewing witnesses who, it turned out, just wanted to be part of the story. “Don’t get ahead of this process,” he said.
“People that are sitting, writing the headlines for our report or for Mueller’s report may find out that the headline is significantly different.” “And I think the most difficult thing that we’ve had to do is to separate fact from fiction through the whole process, because if we took every story that you” — meaning the media — “wrote, or every rumor that’s out there, we would never finish.”