Politics

After Reviewing 100k Documents, Congress Floors The Nation In Announcement About Russian Collusion

After roughly nine months into their investigation, leaders of the Senate intelligence Committee said Wednesday that they have not determined whether Russia coordinated with the Trump campaign to try and sway the 2016 presidential election, reports the Associated Press.

“The issue of collusion is still open,” said the Republican committee chairman, North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr, who along with the panel’s top Democrat, Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, provided the first major update on a congressional investigation that was launched the same month as President Donald Trump was inaugurated.

“The committee continues to look at all evidence to see if there was any hint of collusion,” Burr said, adding that “I am not going to even discuss initial findings, because we haven’t any.”

More than 100 witnesses have been interviewed, including former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, says Burr and Warner.  More than 100,000 pages of documents have also been reviewed apparently.

The committee has yet to interview everyone involved with the June 2016 meeting that Kushner, Manafort and Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr. held with Russians.  Even thought they would not tell any conclusions they have made about colluding with the Kremlin, which is the question at the heart of special consul Robert Mueller’s investigation, Burr’s and Warner’s investigation has laeft no doubt about a multi-pronged Russian effort to meddle in American politics.

“The Russian intelligence service is determined, clever and I recommend every campaign and every election official take this very seriously,” Burr said.

The news conference was to lay out what has been found so far, since the 2018 midterm elections are approaching.  Burr said the committee would ideally finish the investigation before congressional primaries, but would not put a firm deadline.

“‘Warner said there is a “large consensus” that Russians had hacked into political files and strategically released them with the goal of influencing the election. He said Russian hackers had also tested the vulnerabilities of election systems in 21 states, though there’s no evidence that any voting tallies were altered,’ reports the AP.”

The Senate panel has also been searching through more than 3,000 Russian-linked ads that Facebook turned over to Congress this week.  Facebook has said the ads focused on divisive social and political messages, including LGBT issues, immigration and gun rights, and were seen by an estimated 10 million people before and after the 2016 election.

The Senate panel has invited Facebook, Twitter and Google to testify at a public hearing next month.  Facebook and Twitter both confirmed that they would testify.

One person they have “hit a wall” in trying to interview is Christopher Steele, a former British spy believed to have compiled a dossier of allegations about Trump connections to Russia.

“The committee cannot really decide the credibility of the dossier without understanding things like who paid for it, who are your sources and subsources?” Burr said.  Burr said he has pleaded with Steele to directly talk to the committee.

“My hope is that Mr. Steele will make a decision to meet with either Mark or I, or the committee or both so we can hear his side of it,” he told reporters, adding: “I say that to you but I also say it to Mr. Steele.”

Burr also said that multiple witnesses about an April 2016 event at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, where then-Sen. Jeff Sessions, and former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak attended a foreign policy speech by Trump.

He said they have also talked to people involved with changes in the Republican party platform last year that were seen as pro-Russia, and investigated memos written by former FBI Director James Comey after his meetings with Trump.

Burr said the panel has 25 more witnesses scheduled this month. He threatened any future witnesses who may balk at the committee’s invitations with subpoenas.

“If the committee believes you have something valuable to share, I strongly suggest you come in and speak with us,” Burr said.

  • Betty Weaver Woods

    These Congressmen are wasting our money and their time…and they know it and don’t care…

    • Lydia Voogd Westra

      Agree The answers are already available but the DEEP STATE is sidetracking the result and several of congress persons are a part of that diversion. Many in the FBI etc are being paid by the DEEP STATE. Congress will soon be overcome by the deep state and bad decisions will be the outcome.

  • Darren Exendine

    More evidence that it is a witch hunt in search of a lead to which they desire to make a narrative fit.

  • Julie conley

    So tired of the russian thing. They act like this is something new. So why aint they investigated it long before this? Just a way to spend american dollars on more wasteful nonsense

  • skipsart

    Isabelle Weeks. A friend of mine just returned from a trip to Costa Rica and she had her photo taken with a sloth.

  • Are you sure?

    It’s known FACT that Hillary met with the Russians and they gave her $145 Million bribe to sell them 20% of our Uranium Why is that not being investigated?

    • Lydia Voogd Westra

      Great Point

  • vivian greer

    just stop already. you don’t have anything but you keep digging in hopes he made a tax error or rented to an unsavory type. save what little dignity you have left.

  • WBC

    They want to drag this out and hope everyone forgets what the Clintons and DNC did. There is solid evidence and the FBI and DOJ ignore it. Justice is dead in this country until the real criminals are indicted, prosecuted and jailed.

  • Jerry Kessler Sr.

    Well over a year of digging and nothing . These chumps need a loonngg vacation . The 2018 mid-terms are coming up . With time on their hands they might be able to track down Hillary’s 30,000 E-mails .

  • mugsy

    Mr. Burr, if after all that nothing has been found why are you still looking? You are spending millions of our hard earned money on a false premise. I will never vote for you again.

  • gdmn2find@aol.com

    So…nothing yet and probably nothing to find. But keep looking, right? Is anyone keeping track of just how much this farce is costing taxpayers?

  • Joe Egolf

    stop this wasteful witch hunt

  • Seeker6j

    100,000 documents and they say they will still look into it but admit there is no evidence. HUH?

  • Bruce Wayne

    Could that committee not be tasked to do something USEFUL for its constituents, for a change?

  • hathraswallah

    Is there a time limit or Warner will keep running till he find some thing like open ended or open border, like open marriage . If you don’t find till thanks giving you close the shop down and face the wrath of 63 million whose agenda is being delayed.

  • richard black

    deep-state crap…wasting money on hearings and investigations….just stop !!!

  • jhforsythe

    This is nothing but a scam by the anti-Trump scam. The jerks should be expelled from Congress!

  • hughcyoung

    Time to drop this boondoggle. They hate to give up the payday. Will Milk it as long as they can get away with the scam.

  • bp 58

    this is all liberal demorat bull shit…started by mccain , comey and the deep state clinton-ohomo crime familys…these traitors and murders need to be hung or executed in public…

  • Ben Love

    Quit wasting your time on this. You have found nothing, leave it alone and concentrate on meaningful legislation.

  • Dennis Ray Wall

    Maybe we’ll get lucky & “Rocketman” will get one missile through our defense & it will hit Congress!! They are the real corruption in this once Great Country! They did very little to stop the lowlife scum of the earth, Barack Obama. If President Trump wasn’t elected this is what we would have with Hillary!
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  • Lynda

    Time to end this fakery. If the Congress was doing their job, this would already be shut down.