2016 Election Senate Investigation Stalled

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Putin/Trump Senate Investigation

Scribe:  Samuel Otis

Email:  samuel@thethinkering.com

 

The US Senate Intelligence Committee made a decision to investigate ties between presidential candidate Trump and Vladimir Putin.  Tim Mak of the Daily Beast reported his connections on the hill say there is not a single full time investigator assigned to the investigation, suggesting the interference with the 2016 US election has taken a low priority. 

There are seven part-time staffers working on the Senate inquiry and non are trained investigators and to date no one in Trump’s administration or election camp has been interviewed. 

It’s been more than three months since the committee announced a scope of investigation had been decided upon and still no serious move has been made to actually conduct a query.  The probe is moving at a snail’s pace, and does not have a single full-time investigator. 

In January an Intelligence Community Assessment said, “Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent U.S. Elections.”  The assessment concluded that Putin’s Russia had attempted to interfere in the presidential race, and preferred Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton, but stops short of providing proof of ties between the two factions. 

Is the Senate committed to finding out whether there was collusion between Trump and the Kremlin?  

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