While the House Intelligence Committee investigation into the Trump campaign’s links to Russia are in chaos due to the subterfuge of its leader Rep. Devin Nunes, the Senate Intelligence Committee is moving right along and will question 20 people starting on Thursday, CNN reports:
Burr and Warner say they have 20 witnesses they plan to interview and have scheduled interviews with five of them so far. The committee leaders said that they are happy that President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort have agreed to testify, but they have not yet decided when they will bring them in.
“To date, we have made 20 requests for individuals to be interviewed by the committee,” Burr said. “As we stand here today, five are already scheduled on the books, and probably within the next 10 days the remaining 15 will have a scheduled date for those individuals to be interviewed by our staff. We anticipate inviting additional individuals to come and be interviewed, and ultimately some of those interviewed individuals may turn into private or public hearings by the committee, but yet to be determined.”
Among those the committee appears to have talked to: Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who resigned after he misled administration officials regarding his communications with the Russian ambassador to the United States.
Each senator offered some evidence of what they had reviewed so far, with Mr. Warner saying that there could have been 1000 internet trolls in Russia who generated fake news stories and targeted them at swing states like Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, and Mr. Burr noting that it was clear that Russians are “actively involved” in the French elections.
Watch a press conference from Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Mark Warner (D-VA):