From the moment that Richard Burr [R-NC] and Mark Warner [D-VA] first announced that, unlike their counterparts in the House, their Committee would get to the bottom of Russian interference with our election and collusion with the Trump campaign, I was skeptical. After all, the Republicans on that committee are all fascists, with the possible exception of Collins [R-ME], and there are even 1 1/2 Republicans on our side of the aisle Manchin [DINO-WV] and Feinstein [HALF-DINO-CA]. It appears I was right.
The Senate Intelligence Committee’s probe into Russia’s election interference is supposedly the best hope for getting the public credible answers about whether there was any coordination between the Kremlin and Trump Tower.
But there are serious reasons to doubt that it can accomplish this task, as currently configured.
More than three months after the committee announced that it had agreed on the scope of the investigation, the panel has not begun substantially investigating possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, three individuals with ties to the committee told The Daily Beast.
The investigation does not have a single staffer dedicated to it full-time, and those staff members working on it part-time do not have significant investigative experience. The probe currently appears to be moving at a pace slower than prior Senate Intelligence Committee investigations, such as the CIA torture inquiry, which took years to accomplish.
No interviews have been conducted with key individuals suspected of being in the Trump-Russia orbit: not Michael Flynn, not Roger Stone, not Carter Page, not Paul Manafort, and not Jared Kushner, according to two sources familiar with the committee’s procedures… [emphasis added]
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Chris Hayes provided confirmation by interviewing Michael Isikoff from Yahoo News.
It may well be that nothing will budge until the 2018 election gets close enough to put Republicans in immediate fear of losing their jobs. We must maintain outrage at a high level until then, if need be.