'Issue of collusion' with Russia still open, Senate intel chief says
The top two members of the Senate Intelligence Committee gave a detailed update on the panel's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election today, saying that the "issue of collusion" with Russia remains open.
Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., the chairman of the committee, went through a number of issues that the investigators have looked into and the breadth of their search.
Burr said the "general consensus" of those involved with the Russian investigation, they "trust the conclusions" of the Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA). The assessment concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a campaign to undermine the U.S. election and favor then-candidate Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton.
Burr said that the committee believes "the Russian intelligence service is determined, clever," and something that campaigns should be wary of in any future elections.
Regarding possible collusion, Burr said, "We continue to investigate both intelligence and witnesses."