aside So Far, It Looks Like The US Senate Intelligence Committee Is Up To The Task

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Today, on 3/29/17, the US Senate Intelligence Committee leaders, the chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and the vice chairman Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) held a press conference to explain their inquiry into how Russia inserted its tentacles into US politics. So far, it looks as if the US Senate Intelligence Committee members are in the process of conducting a serious, professional, competent and thorough investigation regarding Russia’s meddling into the 2016 presidential election process, which would include the checking into any coordination conducted between the president’s team and Russian officials during this time span.

Here is the rest of the story…

On 3/29/17, Karoun Demirjian of the Washington Post penned the following report, “Senate Intelligence Committee to start Russia probe interviews next week.”

Excerpts:

The Senate Intelligence Committee will begin as soon as Monday privately interviewing 20 people they have requested to speak with in their ongoing investigation of Russia involvement in the 2016 election as well as potential ties to the Trump campaign, its leaders said Wednesday.

Committee chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) said that “if there’s relevance” to those and other interviews that he and vice chairman Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) anticipate scheduling going forward, “they will eventually be part of a public hearing.”

Related imageThe two leaders stood side by side to update reporters about their investigation in a rare news conference Wednesday on Capitol Hill, called just as the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation appears to grinding to a halt.”

“Burr and Warner refused to comment on the cloud of political discord that has stymied the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation since its chairman, Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), went to the White House grounds last week without telling his committee colleagues to meet with a secret source and view documents he claims may show the president’s identity, or that of his transition team surrogates, were improperly revealed on surveillance reports focused on foreign targets.”

Image result for IMAGES OF COMEY ROGERS CLAPPER BRENNAN“The Senate so far has conducted the entirety of its Russia investigation behind closed doors — except for a public hearing in January with FBI Director James B. Comey, NSA Director Adm. Mike Rogers, then-Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper and then-CIA Director John Brennan.”

“The bottom line is, it seems like the Senate is moving in a good way,” Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) said. “They have a much greater likelihood of providing a report than the House does at this point.”

Image result for photos of burr and warner“Burr said the Senate committee has dedicated seven staff members to the Russia investigation, and is “within weeks” of completing a review of “thousands of pages” of documents the intelligence community has made available to them. Burr added that though the committee is in “constant negotiations” with the intelligence committee about access, they intend to request more documents — and expect to receive more, as the investigation continues.”

“In response to questions, Burr said that he had not coordinated with the White House to set the scope of the Senate committee’s investigation. He insisted that, although he had advised Trump during his campaign — and voted for him — he could conduct the probe objectively.”

Image result for IMAGES OF CIA Director Mike Pompeo and DNI Daniel Coats“He promised also to “test” some of Trump’s appointees during the investigation, to see if they were ready to work with the committee investigation regardless of whether the president tries to influence them not to, as CIA Director Mike Pompeo and DNI Daniel Coats pledged to do during their confirmation hearings.”

“Most of the initial 20 interviews the committee will conduct are with “the people who helped put together the January report,” Warner said, referring to a report that the intelligence community put out stating that Russia interfered in the 2016 elections with the purpose of trying to improve Trump’s chances of winning. Burr said that five of those interviews have already been scheduled, and the remaining 15 will be scheduled in the next ten days.”

Image result for IMAGES OF CIA Director Mike Pompeo and DNI Daniel Coats“While Warner and Burr did not list additional people they hoped would testify before the committee, they hinted that they might include former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who resigned over conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak that he didn’t fully disclose to Vice President Mike Pence, and former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, who alerted Trump officials that Flynn could be vulnerable to Russian blackmail. She was later fired after refusing to enforce Trump’s first immigration order.”

“The Washington Post reported that the Trump administration tried to prevent Yates from testifying before the House Intelligence Committee in a meeting initially scheduled for Tuesday of this week. Nunes canceled that hearing last week.”

“Nunes canceled that hearing last week to make time for Rogers and Comey to brief the committee behind closed doors, but that briefing was never scheduled. All interviews and depositions are now on hold in the House Intelligence Committee until that hearing with Rogers and Comey takes place, Nunes told reporters on Tuesday.”

Image result for PHOTO OF DEVIN NUNES“Burr said Wednesday that the White House had not tried to prevent Yates from testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee. He and Warner indicated Wednesday that Yates has not yet been scheduled for an interview or testimony.”

“Though the committee leaders declined to comment directly Wednesday on the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation or its chairman, Warner offered some thoughts about Nunes earlier Wednesday, telling reporters that if Nunes was onto something with the information he gleaned from his White House visit, it was a mystery to every other intelligence investigator in the Capitol.”

“None of us, Republican or Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, has any idea what he’s talking about,” Warner said, wondering aloud why, after the Trump administration denied any Russia connections and railed against leakers, Nunes would act in a way to raise suspicions about both.”

18 comments

  1. Finally! If there’s any real collusion between Trump and Russia, plz provide proof Mr Burr and Warner. Apparently we cannot count on our intelligence agencies to declassify the truth. if anything, they’re obstructing justice and covering up Trump’s criminal activity. It’s no wonder the public has been losing faith in their abilities, FBI, CIA, NSA are completely useless.
    All they can dig up is some phony story of Trump having a pee pee party? Really??

    • Dear 1EarthUnited,

      It looks like the US Senate Intelligence Committee members are taking their investigative duties seriously. But the same can be said of the US intelligence community which includes the FBI and the NSA. It is just that these investigations take a long time and are done in secret.

      The lurid details that you are describing are from the 35 page dossier compiled by the former MI6 British agent, Christopher Steele. Some parts but not all of the details contained within the dossier have been confirmed.

      Ciao, Gronda

  2. So much dirt and so few shovels! I don’t have a lot of faith that a fair and honest inquiry will actually take place with out an independent body doing the investigation. There is too much that has been discovered already indicating even members of the legislative branch participated, if only in a limited manner, in the alleged criminal activities being investigated, to expect totally impartial release of information. Perhaps we should do as the US government has done in the past, request an investigation by the United Nations? While I personally do not like the thought that it should/would come to that point, our own history shows we have done so in the past. However, let’s hope that we as a people can prevent the need for that type of inquiry being forced upon us by the current occupant of the White House.

    • Dear Crustyolemothman,

      Right now I have faith in the US Senate Intelligence Committee members and the FBI/ NSA etc., until I am shown concrete evidence that causes me to have reservations like what recently happened with the US House Intelligence Committee, when the Chair Rep. Devin Nunes went nutty which has tarred the reputation of his committee as being non partisan.

      Ciao, Gronda

      • No suggestion was made about the “World Court”, however we as a member of the United Nations is subject to investigations into our actions. Granted, because both the current head of our nation, and the head of the Russian nation have veto power over investigations, it will not happen… My point is actually involving the hypocrisy of our demands into the election process in other nations, while we currently are in the midst of a scandal of epic proportions of our own.

      • Dear Gradmama2011,

        We can try these folks ourselves by at least kicking them out of office, and by shaming them forever for the history books.

        Hugs, Gronda

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