Senate Intel Chairman Richard Burr Delays Release of Senate Intel Russia Report Until August
Senator Richard Burr
Senate Intel Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) said this week that his panel won’t be releasing its ‘Trump-Russia’ investigation report until August.
Senator Burr told reporters in Durham that his committee still has “several individuals” left to interview and that the final report will take 60 days to write and another 60 days to redact and declassify.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller already concluded that Trump’s campaign did not conspire with the Kremlin during the 2016 presidential election, yet Burr is still dragging out his investigation.
“I’d like to have the report out publicly before we leave in August. I’m on that timeline. I haven’t hit timelines in the past and, since we’re not finished, I can’t anticipate the date,” Burr said during a press briefing at Duke University this week.
News and Observer reported:
“Two people can read facts and possibly come to a different conclusion,” he said. “I think when we get through with our report, there won’t be any room for anybody to make these wild accusations about collusion.”
“If you take the Special Counsel’s conclusion — which is that there was no collusion that they could find evidence of between the campaign and Russians — it will probably be pretty consistent with the report we come out with,” he said.
Burr emphasized that his committee’s probe looks beyond the 2016 election into a vast, complicated effort by Russia to raise political tensions in the United States.
“One of the early determinations we made is that Russia manipulated the 2016 election using social media to create societal chaos in the United States,” he said. “They didn’t fabricate issues. They used existing splits in society in the United States and tried to highlight those splits.”
The highly corrupt Senate Intel Committee has wasted over two years and precious resources investigating a non-crime.
After two years of investigating, Senate Intel Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) told CBS in February that “based on evidence” his committee has seen there is nothing to suggest Trump’s campaign colluded with the Russians during the 2016 election.
Senator Burr previously said, “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.”
“If I can finish tomorrow, I would finish tomorrow,” Burr said, adding, “We know we’re getting to the bottom of the barrel because there’re not new questions that we’re searching for answers to.”
The Senate Select Committee has been coordinating with Robert Mueller’s team and their previous interview with Michael Cohen led to his indictment and prison time.
The Senate Intel Panel has interviewed over 200 witnesses and poured over hundreds of thousands of documents as part of their investigation into whether Trump’s camp colluded with Russia — the investigation started over two years ago in January of 2017.
Now Burr is dragging out the release of his committee’s Russia report until late summer — how convenient.