Burr Statement on Senate Intel Committee’s Fifth and Final Report in Bipartisan Russia Investigation

August 18, 2020

Today, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released the fifth and final volume in the Committee’s bipartisan investigation into Russia’s attempts to interfere with the 2016 U.S. elections. The final chapter, titled “Counterintelligence Threats and Vulnerabilities,” presents the Committee’s complete counterintelligence findings and recommendations after an extensive, three-year examination. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), who as Chairman oversaw the Committee’s investigation, released the following statement:

“When this investigation began three years ago, Vice Chairman Warner and I agreed that the Senate Intelligence Committee’s core responsibility would be to follow the facts wherever they might lead. Throughout this process, Committee investigators have upheld their mission. They have gone to extraordinary and occasionally unexpected lengths in their pursuit of the facts in order to present these findings to the American people. I’m grateful for the hard work, dedication, and integrity these men and women have demonstrated from start to finish.

“Thanks to the bipartisan work of the Senate Intelligence Committee, we are now much more aware of potential threats to our democratic institutions and have taken meaningful steps since 2016 to address them. State and federal officials began coordinating their efforts to better secure our election infrastructure. Congress provided increased election security funding for states to shore up existing vulnerabilities. Social media companies are now working with the federal government, Congress, and the Intelligence Community to identify and remove foreign disinformation campaigns. And this Administration has enacted tougher sanctions against hostile foreign actors seeking to interfere with U.S. elections. 

“One of the Committee’s most important – and overlooked – findings is that much of Russia’s activities weren’t related to producing a specific electoral outcome, but attempted to undermine our faith in the democratic process itself. Their aim is to sow chaos, discord, and distrust. Their efforts are not limited to elections. The threat is ongoing. My hope is that this report and the Committee’s work will provide the American people with more insight into the threats facing our nation and the steps necessary to stop them.”

You can read “Volume V: Counterintelligence Threats and Vulnerabilities” here. 

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