By Amir Nasr
March 29, 2017 at 4:43 pm ET
Senate Intelligence Committee leaders held a joint news conference Wednesday to show the public they are working in tandem on the panel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, even as a parallel investigation in the House heads off the rails.
“I have confidence in [Senate Intelligence Chairman] Richard Burr that we together, with the members of this committee, are going to get to the bottom of this,” Senate Intelligence Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-Va.) said. “If you get nothing else from today, take that statement to the bank.”
Burr (R-N.C.) defended his position as a Trump campaign adviser on national security, and said that while he voted for the president, he has a job in the Senate and he takes that job “extremely seriously.”
“Mark and I might look at politics differently, [but] we don’t look at responsibilities we have on the committee differently,” Burr added. He noted they must earn the trust and respect of the intelligence community in order to encourage information sharing.
The show of unity comes as Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee, including ranking member Adam Schiff of California, call on Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) to recuse himself from the Russia probe. Nunes has refused to brief his fellow committee members on the source of comments he made suggesting surveillance conducted in the transition period picked up communications between Trump campaign associates.
The Senate leaders also provided some updates on their investigation as they prepare to hold a two-panel open hearing examining Russia’s methods Thursday: