- Senate Intelligence chairman: No evidence of Trump-Russia collusion
by MATTHEW CHOI, https://www.politico.com/
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr said Thursday that his committee’s Russia investigation has yet to find evidence of collusion between President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and the Kremlin but will soon release a report on the Obama administration’s response to Russian interference in the last presidential election.
In an interview with CBS published Thursday, Burr (R-N.C.) gave glimpses into the dynamics and scope of his committee’s probe, which was launched shortly before Trump’s 2017 inauguration and has now stretched into its third year. Burr told CBS that the committee staff has interviewed more than 200 witnesses from multiple countries and reviewed over 300,000 pages.
“Based on the evidence to date,” Burr said, the committee could not definitively say there was collusion between Trump and the Russians. “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,” Burr told CBS.
Still, the senator said some questions raised over the investigation could occupy the committee “for the next decade,” and that portions of the final report could be so classified that they are never revealed to the public. Burr said his committee is “close to pushing out the door” a report on the Obama administration’s response to Russian election interference, a release that the chairman said could come within a “matter of weeks.”