The Senate Intelligence Committee has found no evidence to suggest that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 election. Republican Chairman Richard Burr on Thursday stated that his committee has found no evidence so far that the Trump campaign and the Kremlin had colluded to influence the elections.
The committee is set to release its report on the 2016 poll interference.
In an interview to CBS, Burr said, “We don’t have anything that would suggest there was collusion by the Trump campaign and Russia.” In September last year, the Chairman had stated that there was no “hard evidence” of any conspiracy.
“If I can finish tomorrow, I would finish tomorrow,” Burr said, hinting that the two-year probe is about to be wrapped up.
He informed: “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 said in an interview with CBS News.
Burr added, “We know we’re getting to the bottom of the barrel because there are not new questions that we’re searching for answers to.”
In January, Burr had negated that Trump’s campaign manager Paul Manafort had shared electoral figures of the poll campaign with his previous business partners from Ukraine.
He had made a strong statement in January: “If sharing polling data with your former partner in political races in the Ukraine is collusion, then I guess it is. I don’t perceive it as collusion.”
Paul Manafort had pleaded guilty in 2018 related to his lobbying work in Ukraine. The court will announce its sentence on March 5. In all likelihood, he will be sent to prison. Meanwhile, special counsel Robert Mueller is carrying out his independent investigation at the Justice Department.
In 2018, the House Intelligence Committee had closed its parallel investigation. Republicans on the committee had asserted there was no proof of any of involvement of Russia. However, Democrats said that was not the case.
Currently, with the panel under Democratic control, the committee is keen on probing Trump’s business deals. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff on Wednesday stated that the panel will carry out its probe into the matter, besides examining “credible reports of money laundering and financial compromise related to the business interests of President Trump, his family, and his associates.” Schiff said, “The president’s actions and posture towards Russia during the campaign, transition, and administration have only heightened fears of foreign financial or other leverage over President Trump and underscore the need to determine whether he or those in his administration have acted in service of foreign interests since taking office.”
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