Senate Russia probe off to slow start
Boring but important
The Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. election has stalled, Yahoo News reported this week, with some Democrats accusing the panel’s chairman, Richard Burr (R-N.C.), of impeding progress. In March, Burr vowed to “get to the bottom” of Russia’s involvement in the 2016 race, as the House Intelligence Committee’s own probe became embroiled in partisan infighting and ethics concerns. But he has failed to sign letters requesting important evidence, said a source, and the panel has yet to issue a single subpoena or interview any high-profile witnesses. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) said “things need to pick up,” adding that the recent hiring of two new staffers should help speed the process.