The most prominent congressional investigation into Russian meddling in the U.S. election — and possible ties to President Donald Trump’s campaign — faces its toughest test yet after the firing of FBI Director James Comey.
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, a Republican, and Vice Chairman Mark Warner, a Democrat, have sought to present a bipartisan front in the high-pressure probe, and both have said Comey’s FBI was cooperating by providing information to the panel. Now they must start a new relationship with acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, and later with a new director nominated by Trump and confirmed by the Senate.
Both senators also must contend with what’s likely to be an even more poisoned atmosphere in the Capitol with Democrats seeing “Nixonian” signs of a coverup in Comey’s dismissal by Trump on Tuesday. The president has repeatedly rejected the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia intervened in the election to help him defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton.
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