Senate Intel Committee Reportedly Finds No Direct Evidence of Trump-Russia Collusion
A new report on the Senate Intelligence Committee indicates that their investigators will soon officially announce their conclusion that there was no direct evidence of collusion between the Trump Campaign and Russia during the 2016 election.
NBC’s Ken Dilanian says he’s spoken to Democratic Senate investigators, and they do not contest Republican Committee Chairman Richard Burr over his recent statements that “we don’t have anything that would suggest there was collusion.” They say, however, that Burr’s remarks didn’t give enough context for the legal connotations of the connections between Russia and various individuals in Trump’s orbit.
“We were never going find a contract signed in blood saying, ‘Hey Vlad, we’re going to collude,” one Democratic aide told Dilanian. They reportedly went on to say that there are findings that haven’t been made public yet, even if they do not prove the Trump-Russia collusion theory.
From the report:
Democratic Senate investigators say it may take them six or seven months to craft their final report once they are done with witness interviews. They say they have uncovered facts yet to be made public, and that they hope to make Americans more fully aware of the extent to which the Russians manipulated the U.S. presidential election with the help of some Trump officials, witting or unwitting.
The report, Democrats say, will not be good for Trump.
But they also made clear they haven’t found proof of their worst fear: That the president formed a corrupt pact with Russia to offer sanctions relief or other favorable treatment in return for Russian help in the election.
In recent days, Trump has used Burr’s comments to declare himself exonerated, saying this on Twitter:
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
It’s worth noting that Burr has left open the possibility that more facts could be discovered before the committee’s final reports come out, plus the investigations by Robert Mueller and the Southern District of New York remain in play.
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