Investigators on Trump, Russia involvement: “The issue of collusion is still open”

The US Senate Intelligence Committee said on Wednesday that the investigation into possible Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election is ongoing and no conclusions regarding possible collusion between the US and Russia have been reached.
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The investigation into possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election continues, according to the Senate Intelligence Committee that is in charge of the investigation. Republican senator and chairman Richard M. Burr stated on Wednesday that the committee has interviewed over 100 people and is scheduled to interview 25 more regarding the matter.

“The issue of collusion is still open. We continue to investigate both intelligence and witnesses,” explained Burr, stating that no clear conclusion has yet been reached. However, Burr emphasized that there is a consensus among the committee staff that Russia indeed attempted to influence the election, as concluded by the intelligence community assessment (ICA) that was presented in January.

Burr nevertheless said that there is no doubt the case has a real significance and should be taken seriously.  “The Russian intelligence service is determined, clever, and I recommend that every campaign and every election official take this very seriously,” said Burr. “You can’t walk away from this and believe that Russia’s not currently active.”

In January, the ICA confirmed reports of Russian interference in the election. “We assess Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election,” read the assessment’s conclusions. “Russia’s goals were to undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency.”



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