Burr: No ‘Initial Findings’ of Any Russian Collusion in 2016 Presidential Election

• October 4, 2017 4:23 pm


Sen. Richard Burr (R., N.C.), chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Wednesday that his committee has so far found no evidence of collusion between Russia and Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

Speaking at a Capitol Hill news conference, Burr said the Intelligence Committee, which is investigating Russian involvement in the 2016 election, still "has more work to do."

"The committee continues to look into all evidence to see if there was any hint of collusion," Burr said while standing alongside the committee's top Democrat, Sen. Mark Warner (Va.). "I'm not going to even discuss initial findings because we haven't any."

The news conference was held as a progress report on the ongoing probe, the scope of which is growing and has not shied away from addressing possible Russian collusion, according to CNN.

"We have not come to any determination on collusion or Russia's preferences," Burr said. "It seems that the overall theme of the Russian involvement in the U.S. elections was to create chaos at every level. And I would tell you the fact that we're sitting here nine months later investigating it, they have been pretty darn successful."

The Senate panel has set up 25 interviews for this month alone and will hold several public hearings, including one with Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen. The committee has also invited social media sites Facebook and Twitter and tech giant Google to public hearings next month focused on their influence on the election.