The Senate intelligence committee has said it has confidence in an US agency finding earlier this year that Russia intervened in the US presidential election in an effort to skew the vote in Donald Trump’s favour. The committee chairman, Republican senator Richard Burr, said it remained an “open question” whether there was collusion by the Trump campaign with Moscow. But he added that Russian intelligence could threaten the next round of congressional elections next year. “We’ve got to make our facts, as it related to Russia’s involvement in our election, before the primaries getting started in 2018,” Burr said. “You can’t walk away from this and believe that Russia’s not currently active.” Burr said that the committee was making substantial progress in various areas of investigation.
… Burr and the ranking Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, Mark Warner, stressed the huge volume of material its staff had analysed, interviewing more than 100 people and assessing over 100,000 documents, and how much further there was to go. The committee hopes to talk to 25 more witnesses later this month.
However, Burr said the committee had come to a conclusion on at least one issue: that it had faith in the conclusions of the intelligence community assessment(ICA) presented by the CIA, FBI and NSA to Barack Obama and Donald Trump in January.