Schumer: Senate Russia probe moving too slowly

Greg Nash

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) wants the Senate Intelligence Committee to speed up its probe of Russia’s meddling in the 2016 White House race amid reports of frustration about the pace of the investigation. 

“The last few weeks things have moved very, very slowly under Chairman [Richard] Burr’s [R-N.C.] leadership, and I’m a little troubled about it,” Schumer told reporters on Tuesday.  

Schumer — whose is an ex-officio committee member because he is the Senate Democratic leader — added that he has a “great deal of confidence” in Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), the top Democrat on the committee. 

“I give Sen. Warner some time and credence to try to work those things out, but things have moved too slowly for my taste and, I think, a lot of members of the committee’s taste,” he added.

{mosads}The Intelligence Committee’s investigation, which also includes possible contacts between President Trump’s campaign and Moscow, has come under fire amid reports that the probe is moving slowly and understaffed.

Sources told Yahoo News that the investigation is being undercut by “partisan divisions.”

Separately, The Daily Beast reported on Monday that there are no full-time staffers assigned to the investigation, which involves sorting through thousands of pages of documents. 

Two sources added that the committee has not yet interviewed former national security adviser Michael Flynn; Roger Stone and Carter Page, two advisers during Trump’s campaign; former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort; or White House adviser Jared Kushner, who is also Trump’s son-in-law.

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) — a member of the committee — told The Daily Beast that he doesn’t believe that the committee is moving fast enough or is doing enough to be transparent about its investigation. 

“For weeks I’ve called for the committee to move more quickly and more transparently, particularly on the key issue of following the money in this investigation,” he said in a statement. 

Wyden has previously pushed the committee to do more of its work publicly and probe any financial ties between Trump and Moscow as part of its investigation.

But GOP Sens. James Lankford (Okla.) and Susan Collins (Maine) have defended the committee’s work. 

“Reports about #Russia probe are wrong. Don’t confuse silence for lack of progress. Intel Cmte must conduct classified investigations quietly,” Lankford said on Twitter.

Warner and Burr have strived to publicly show a united front, including holding a joint press conference earlier this year to stress the bipartisan nature of the Senate’s probe.

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