The bipartisan leadership of the Senate Intelligence Committee has uncovered no evidence that the Trump campaign and Russia conspired during the 2016 election and will soon conclude its Russian collusion investigation after two years and interviewing more than 200 witnesses.
“There is no factual evidence between the Trump campaign and Russia” chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C. insisted Tuesday.
The GOP chairman of the committee made similar comments last week about collusion, noting that the investigation is coming to an end.
“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,” explained.
“We know we’re getting to the bottom of the barrel because there’s no new questions that we’re searching for answers to,” he continued.
Senator Richard Burr, The Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, just announced that after almost two years, more than two hundred interviews, and thousands of documents, they have found NO COLLUSION BETWEEN TRUMP AND RUSSIA! Is anybody really surprised by this?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 10, 2019
The House Intelligence Committee, then under Republican control, said last year it did not find evidence of collusion, but Democrats dismissed the findings as highly partisan.
Despite failing to find an iota of hard evidence proving collusion, Senate Democrats continue to insist Trump’s alleged ties with Russia – patterns of contacts they have documented with Trump associates and Russians – are suspect.
“I’m not going to get into any conclusions I have,” Warner said. ”There’s never been a campaign in American history … that people affiliated with the campaign had as many ties with Russia as the Trump campaign did”
Sen. Mark Warner, D – Va., ranking member of the committee told reports in the Capitol Tuesday that Burr’s characterization of the investigations is inaccurate, however, he refrained from offering his own evaluation.
“I’m not going to get into any conclusions I have,” he said, but “there’s never been a campaign in American history – that people affiliated with the campaign had as many ties with Russia as the Trump campaign did.”
Democrat Senate Investigators reportedly spoke with NBC News on the condition of anonymity, claiming Burr’s exoneration of Trump’s collusion with Russia lacks context.
“We were never going to find a contract signed in blood saying, ‘Hey Vlad, we’re going to collude,” one Senate investigator said.
“Donald Trump Jr. made clear in his messages that he was willing to accept help from the Russians,” one Democratic Senate investigator said. “Trump publicly urged the Russians to find Clinton’s missing emails.”
The House Intelligence Committee, under the leadership of Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., has launched a new round of probes into Trump, including into his personal finances.
And special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is still running.
Mueller and his team have indicted or gotten guilty pleas from former Trump campaign advisers Roger Stone and Paul Manafort and former administration officials, including Michael Flynn, the one-time national security adviser, all of which have been indicted on charges that have nothing to do with collusion.