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Senate Intelligence panel to wrap up Russia probe in August

Senate Intelligence panel to wrap up Russia probe in August
© Greg Nash

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrSenators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Passage of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act is the first step to heal our democracy Overnight Health Care: COVID-19 vaccine makers pledge massive supply increase | Biden health nominee faces first Senate test | White House defends reopening of facility for migrant kids MORE (R-N.C.) said Tuesday that he plans for the panel to begin to wrap up its investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election in August, when the Senate leaves for a monthlong recess. 

"This gives staff the month of August in all likelihood to wrap up our investigation and for staff to work intensely while we're out of here and not getting in their hair," Burr told reporters. 

The committee's assessment of whether or not there was any evidence of coordination or collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia will be part of that final work, he said. 

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The North Carolina Republican had previously estimated that the panel would be done with its work by December 2017. 

The committee still has a number of interim reports to prepare, Burr said, the next of which will be the panel's judgment of the intelligence community assessment affirming Russian interference in the 2016 election. 

The House Intelligence Committee also investigated that document and found fault with the tradecraft used to judge that Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted to help President TrumpDonald TrumpSenators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Democratic fury with GOP explodes in House Georgia secretary of state withholds support for 'reactionary' GOP voting bills MORE win the White House. Burr declined to say whether the Senate panel will reached the same conclusion, but noted dryly, "I'm not sure that the House was required to substantiate every conclusion with facts." 

The committee will also prepare reports on the Obama administration's response to the Russian interference campaign, as well as how the Kremlin leveraged social media. 

The panel still has a handful of witnesses to interview, Burr said.