'It Is Simply Not There': GOP Sen. Risch Says There's Still No Evidence of Trump-Russia Collusion
'How long can this go on?' Idaho Republican asks.
Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho) on Wednesday echoed statements from Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) by confirming that he has seen no direct evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Appearing on "America's Newsroom" Wednesday, Risch said that during the committee's two-year investigation into Russia's election meddling, they have looked at hundreds of thousands of documents and conducted more than 200 interviews.
"The president's description and Richard Burr's description are absolutely accurate as far as I'm concerned regarding this claim of collusion between President Trump and the Russians," Risch said. "It is simply not there."
Senator Richard Burr, The Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, just announced that after almost two years, more than two hundred interviews, and thousands of documents, they have found NO COLLUSION BETWEEN TRUMP AND RUSSIA! Is anybody really surprised by this?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 10, 2019
The Senate Intelligence Committee: THERE IS NO EVIDENCE OF COLLUSION BETWEEN THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN AND RUSSIA!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 13, 2019
Host Bill Hemmer noted that Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), the top Democrat on the committee, has disagreed with Burr's statements, saying that the committee has to interview a number of key witnesses again.
Risch said Warner is a friend, but the Virginia Democrat is "bound and determined" to uncover evidence of collusion.
"And sometimes when you want something too much, you start fantasizing as to how to get there," Risch said. "When you talk about going back and redoing all this stuff, there's been hundreds of thousands of documents looked at, there's been hundreds of people interviewed and deposed and everything else, and it's not there."
"How long can this go on? It's got to come to an end."
In his monologue Tuesday, Tucker Carlson noted that the mainstream media has downplayed or ignored the Senate Intelligence Committee chairman's remarks.