Senate Chairman to CBS: Zero Evidence of 'Collusion by Trump Campaign and Russia'

By Michael W. Chapman | February 7, 2019 | 1:36pm EST
Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.),
chairman of the Senate Select
Committee on Intelligence. 
(Getty Images)

Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.), chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, which has been investigating alleged Russia-Trump collusion for more than two years, told CBS News that based on all the facts available, there is no evidence of "collusion by the Trump campaign and Russia."

As reported by CBS's Olivia Gazis, who interviewed Sen. Burr for more than an hour in his office last week,  the committee chairman told her, "if we write a report today, based on the facts that we have, then we don't have anything that would suggest there was collusion by the Trump campaign and Russia."

"This is a more forceful version of what he had said in September, when he said the committee had uncovered no hard evidence of collusion," reported CBS's Gazis.

Gazis also explained that the investigation, which is a bipartisan effort with Ranking Member Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), "is piecing together a story that is really far, far bigger than what happened in the 2016 election."

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. (Getty Images)

Burr reportedly told CBS that the committee's concerns about possible election interference involving several countries over many years could occupy decades of investigation.

"He said the [current] investigation spanned continents, beyond Russia, and that his investigators have interviewed more than 200 people, reviewed more than 300,000 documents," said Gazis. 




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