Senate intel chairman: 'We don't have anything' to prove collusion between Trump campaign and Russia

The Republican chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday said his panel has still found no evidence to suggest that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 election.

Sen. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrBurr says intelligence watchdog should be 'independent' after inspector general firing 2020 on my mind: Democrats have to think like Mitch McConnell Loeffler traded .4M in stocks as Congress responded to coronavirus pandemic MORE (R-N.C.) told CBS News on Thursday that "based on the evidence" his committee has seen so far, there is no reason to suggest that members of the Trump campaign and the Russian government were working together during the election.

The committee is preparing to release its final report on 2016 election interference.

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"If we write a report based upon the facts that we have, then we don't have anything that would suggest there was collusion by the Trump campaign and Russia," Burr told CBS.

Pointing to a previous statement he made in September asserting that he had seen no "hard evidence" of collusion, Burr said that his past statement was "accurate with everything we've accumulated since then."

The House Intelligence Committee concluded its parallel probe last year. Republicans on the committee also said there was no evidence of collusion, but Democrats on the committee disputed the conclusion.

Burr added that his committee's results were unlikely to persuade hardliners on the right or the left, but said that he hoped those in the middle who have not yet made up their minds about whether or not President TrumpDonald John TrumpCampaigns face attack ad dilemma amid coronavirus crisis Outgoing inspector general says Trump fired him for carrying out his 'legal obligations' Trump hits Illinois governor after criticism: 'I hear him complaining all the time' MORE's campaign colluded with Russia would be satisfied with the panel's results.

"I'm speaking to what I hope is the 60 percent in the middle that are saying, 'Give me the facts that I need to make a determination in this one particular instance — what happened.' And that's what our focus is," he said.

The chairman made similar comments in January when asked by The Hill about his committee's investigation so far, while dismissing reports claiming that former Trump campaign manager Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortJuan Williams: Mueller, one year on Juan Williams: Will the GOP ever curb Trump? Nadler seeks interviews with DOJ prosecutors that left Stone case MORE's shared polling data from the campaign with former business associates in Ukraine.

“When I finish, I’ll make a judgment,” Burr said, “Based upon the information that I have seen today, I don’t see evidence of collusion.”

“If sharing polling data with your former partner in political races in the Ukraine is collusion, then I guess it is. I don’t perceive it as collusion,” he added at the time.

Manafort, who plead guilty last year to financial crimes related to his lobbying work in Ukraine, is set to be sentenced on March 5.