Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, ripped his colleagues on the House Intelligence Committee, arguing members of that panel did not “substantiate every conclusion with facts.”
Burr made the remark on Tuesday in response to a question about whether the Senate intel committee agrees with the 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) conclusion that Russian President Vladimir Putin interfered in the 2016 presidential election with the purpose of helping Donald Trump defeat Hillary Clinton.
In their conclusion, GOP House intel members disagreed with the ICA’s position.
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), who chairs the House intel committee, has led a pro-Trump insurgency among the panel, wielding his power to: provide the president with cover for his bogus claim that Barack Obama “wire tapped” Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential election; force the release of a 4-page memo (drafted by his own staffer) that used selective intelligence to accuse the FBI of illegally surveilling associates of the Trump campaign; and generally inventing a series of distractions aimed at discrediting special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
Burr has previously criticized the House intel committee, and particularly Nunes. Last year, the Senate intel chairman said Nunes “created” the narrative that members of the Obama administration improperly “unmasked” members of the Trump team.
“The unmasking thing was all created by Devin Nunes, and I’ll wait to go through our full evaluation to see if there was anything improper that happened,” Burr told CNN at the time.