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Intelligence Committee Nears End to Russia Investigation, Still Hasn't Discovered Evidence of Collusion

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The Senate Intelligence Committee is reportedly nearing the end of its investigation into the 2016 presidential election, having found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr of North Carolina told CBS News late last week, “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.”

“We know we’re getting to the bottom of the barrel because there’re not new questions that we’re searching for answers to,” the Republican senator added.

“What I’m telling you is that I’m going to present, as best we can, the facts to you and to the American people,” Burr said. “And you’ll have to draw your own conclusion as to whether you think that, by whatever definition, that’s collusion.”

Intelligence Committee ranking member Democratic Virginia Sen. Mark Warner disagrees with Burr’s characterization of the evidence the panel has unearthed, but declined to offer his own assessment regarding the issue of collusion, according to NBC News.

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“I’m not going to get into any conclusions I have,” he told reporters on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, before adding that “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.”

One example Democrats have pointed to is the Trump Tower meeting in June 2016 between Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya and Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.

In a July 2017 statement, Trump Jr. recounted that he agreed to take the meeting because the attorney was believed to have helpful opposition research regarding Hillary Clinton.

However, shortly into the meeting it became clear to him that she really wanted to talk about “the adoption of Russian children and mentioned the Magnitsky Act,” which imposed sanctions on Russia.

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“(T)he claims of potentially helpful information were a pretext for the meeting,” Trump Jr. said. “I interrupted and advised her that my father was not an elected official, but rather a private citizen, and that her comments and concerns were better addressed if and when he held public office.”

NBC News reported that Democratic Senate investigators, who spoke on a condition of anonymity, did not dispute Burr’s characterization that that committee has found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

“We were never going to find a contract signed in blood saying, ‘Hey Vlad, we’re going to collude,'” one Democratic aide said.

The Associated Press reported that the Senate Intelligence Committee has interviewed more than 200 witnesses and reviewed more than 300,000 pages of documents during the course of its 2016 election investigation.

At a rally in El Paso, Texas, on Monday, President Donald Trump described the notion of his campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia a “hoax” and a “disgrace.”

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“No president should have to go through what we’ve gone through in the first two years. It’s a hoax. It’s a disgrace,” the president said. “It should never be allowed to happen again.”

“Just recently as an example Sen. Richard Burr from the great state of North Carolina, he is chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and they’ve been investigating this Russia hoax for two years,” Trump said.

“They’ve interviewed over 200 people. They’ve studied hundreds of thousands of documents, and Richard just announced they’ve found no collusion between Donald Trump and Russia.

“The fact is that the real collusion was between Hillary and the Democrats and the other side with Russia,” Trump said. “That’s where the collusion is.”

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 2,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
Birthplace
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Nationality
American
Honors/Awards
Graduated dean's list from West Point
Education
United States Military Academy at West Point, Regent University School of Law
Books Written
We Hold These Truths
Professional Memberships
Virginia and Pennsylvania state bars
Location
Phoenix, Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Politics, Entertainment, Faith




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