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Burr: Senate Intelligence report on Russian influence in 2016 election to be ‘consistent’ with Mueller’s findings

April 2, 2019

U.S. Sen. Richard Burr said Monday that a report produced by the Senate Intelligence Committee that he chairs on Russian meddling in the 2016 election will likely be “very consistent” with special counsel Robert Mueller’s findings that there was no collusion between Donald Trump’s campaign and Russian operatives.

Burr, a North Carolina Republican, was in Durham to speak at Duke University.

The Intelligence Committee has already interviewed more than 200 people on three continents, producing 30,000 pages of notes, and pored over 400,000 documents in an effort to “weed fact from fiction,” he said.

“We’re not going to allow anything in our report that doesn’t have facts to back it up,” he said.

Once the committee report is out, which could be by August, Burr said said a comparison of those findings with what is in Mueller’s report won’t leave “any room for anybody to make these wild accusations about collusion.”

The Intelligence Committee remains focused on counter-intelligence and ensuring that “Russia doesn’t have its hooks in anybody,” and Burr said its investigation into election meddling turned up new leads in other areas.

“We have turned over every stone we could find, and we’ve found much more that will keep us busy that’s unrelated to a campaign in the 2016 election,” he said.

After seeing the phony social media posts that riled up the partisan split among American voters in 2016, the committee has been cooperating with Facebook and Twitter to counteract such efforts and track any new practices Russia might employ in the future, Burr said.

“What Russia proved to us is that the First Amendment is a valuable tool to have and that it’s very dangerous if, in fact, people don’t police it and understand fact from fiction,” he said.