How to avoid a Trump presidency
The Hill article The Senate Intelligence Committee has released a draft of a report on Russian interference in the 2016 election, which has raised questions about how long the intelligence community had been gathering information about Russia’s efforts.
The Senate panel said Thursday it had not yet seen the report.
The report, prepared by the intelligence committee’s chief counsel, is expected to be released to the public next week.
The committee’s draft report was requested by President Donald Trump after he demanded answers from the committee on Thursday.
The president has asked the committee to conduct an independent investigation into Russian interference and potential collusion with his 2016 campaign.
Trump tweeted on Thursday that the investigation should be bipartisan, but Democrats have said they will oppose the committee’s request.
Democrats are also calling on the committee, which is led by Sen. Richard Burr, to release a report that would include findings from the Trump administration’s probe into Russian meddling.
The Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer of New York, called Thursday for the House Intelligence Committee to launch an independent inquiry into the Russia investigation.
Burr said Thursday that he has seen the Senate report and is supportive of the findings.
He also called on the White House to release more information about its probe.
“We need to know how much money was spent, who is in the Trump campaign and how many people were on the transition team,” Burr said on CNN’s “New Day.”
“We don’t want to have any leaks of that, because that would be a distraction from the ongoing investigation.”
The intelligence committee was set to hold a closed-door hearing on Thursday with FBI Director Christopher Wray, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers, among others.
Trump fired Comey in May and then fired Pompeo a month later.
The White House has said Trump did not seek or seek the FBI director’s firing but that he was acting in accordance with the law.