Senate Inquiry Into Russia Meddling Could Wrap Up This Year

Republican Senator Richard Burr, leader of the Senate Intelligence Committee inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 election, told the New York Times’ podcast “The New Washington” that the inquiry should wrap up by the end of the year.

Burr admitted that the investigation has expanded “beyond its original scope,” but it should be completed in the next few months.

”What continues this investigation are the names of individuals that we didn’t know at the time, the documents that we weren’t aware of, the communications, the cables, the emails, the phone logs of individuals that we wouldn’t have thought then that we needed to interview or to look at their records,” said Burr.

Burr adds that he remains “hopeful that we can bring finality to this by the end of the year, but I also can’t anticipate anything new that might come up that we don’t know today that would extend it by a month or two months.”

“So I am conscious of the fact that I need to do this expeditiously, but I need to do it thoroughly and I won’t do anything to cut it short.”

You can listen to the full podcast here.