No, The Senate Intel Committee Did Not Conclude “No Collusion”
While President Donald Trump has spent much of his time tweeting about how there wasn’t any collusion between his presidential campaign in 2016 and the Kremlin, Democratic senators on the Intelligence Committee contend that such a conclusion has not yet been reached.
Trump tweeted on Wednesday morning, for instance, that the committee had reached a conclusion on the issue.
“The Senate Intelligence Committee: THERE IS NO EVIDENCE OF COLLUSION BETWEEN THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN AND RUSSIA!” Trump tweeted out.
The Senate Intelligence Committee: THERE IS NO EVIDENCE OF COLLUSION BETWEEN THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN AND RUSSIA!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 13, 2019
“That’s not true,” Sen. Angus King, an independent from Maine who caucuses with the Democrats, said.
King added that the assertions being made by his Republican colleagues on the committee and the president himself are “misleading,” reporting from Mother Jones indicated.
“The Intelligence Committee hasn’t discussed the matter, let alone released a committee report,” King said.
A Democratic aide to senators said that media reports seemingly corroborating the president’s take on the matter were similarly deceptive. “Certainly there is plenty of circumstantial/indirect evidence of collusion,” that aide said.
"Brand new reporting suggests that special counsel Robert Mueller may have evidence of possible collusion between the Trump campaign & Russia, and that the investigation into a conspiracy or a quid-pro-quo… is alive & kicking…” – @NicolleDWallace pic.twitter.com/f0CKM5FiJj
— Deadline White House (@DeadlineWH) February 11, 2019
Sen. Mark Warner (D-Virginia), the Democrats’ ranking member on the committee, also voiced concerns over the immediate conclusions reached by the chair of the committee Richard Burr (R-North Carolina), who has previously said that the committee hadn’t yet found collusion between the campaign and Russia.
“We’ve still got many of the most major figures to either come or come back,” Warner explained. Those figures include Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn, former campaign aids George Papadopoulos and Rick Gates, and former campaign manager Paul Manafort.
Warner took issue with the president when asked about Trump’s several claims on Twitter that the committee had reached a conclusion that no collusion had occurred. “I disagree,” Warner said.