One quick takeaway from the just completed press conference on Capitol Hill held by Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chair Mark Warner (D-VA): The committee basically concurs in the intelligence community’s assessment of Russian meddling.
The committee’s preliminary conclusion comes after it apparently interviewed everyone involved in preparing the IC’s assessment and reviewing the underlying intelligence. Burr and Warner were careful to say this isn’t a final conclusion, and the matter will remain open until the full investigation is completed. But they appeared satisfied with this conclusion based on what they know to this point.
While that’s not a surprise conclusion, it is important. Recall the poopooing of the IC’s assessment by Trump World and many Republicans. Also imagine if the Senate Intel Committee found serious fault with or took exception to the IC’s findings.
Tierney Sneed was in attendance and will have a full report shortly.