Senate Committee to See Comey Memos 'Soon'

Chairman Richard Burr says investigation could be complete by year's end
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 29, 2017 7:03 AM CDT
Senate Committee to See Comey Memos 'Soon'
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Sen. Richard Burr, right, and Vice Chairman Sen. Mark Warner, on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

All those detailed notes James Comey kept about his meetings with President Trump will fall into the hands of those investigating whether Trump fired the former FBI director to interfere with an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Republican Richard Burr, tells Politico he has a "commitment" to receive the memos "soon," though he won't say who will provide them. Mark Warner, the highest-ranking Democrat on the committee, says he's "pleased," noting "it's critical information that we have to have as part of our review process," reports Reuters. Burr also revealed Wednesday he has set an "aspirational" goal to finish the investigation by the year's end, per the Washington Post.

Burr says the final report will likely reiterate the committee's initial assessment that Russia used hacking and propaganda to bolster Trump's chances of winning the election—an offense Burr says should have been met with a powerful response from the Trump administration. Yet "what the world's crying for right now is for leadership," he says. Bloomberg reports the Trump administration will file a complaint with the Justice Department regarding Comey's leaking of memo details to the press earlier this month. However, the administration has reportedly opted to delay the filing so as to not complicate the Justice Department investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, led by special counsel Robert Mueller. (Read more Senate Intelligence Committee stories.)

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