Richard Burr

Burr Says Issue of Collusion with Russia Still Open

The Senate Intelligence Committee has reached no conclusion on whether anyone around President Trump was part of a Russian effort to influence the 2016 presidential election, the New York Times reports.

Said Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC): “The issue of collusion is still open.”

“Mr. Burr had expressed a desire this summer to conclude the probe by the year’s end. But on Wednesday, he all but conceded that with so many avenues of investigation still open that would not be possible.”

Bloomberg reports the panel “has hit a wall” in its investigation of an unverified “dossier” purporting to have compromising information on Trump because former British spy Christopher Steele, who compiled the report, hasn’t agreed to be interviewed.

Burr Confirms Investigation Has Expanded

Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), “the initially reluctant but now determined leader of the Senate Intelligence Committee inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 election, said the investigation had expanded beyond its original scope based on new evidence, but he hoped to complete it this year to allow Congress to take steps to prevent future efforts at tampering by Moscow,” the New York Times reports.

Said Burr: “What continues this investigation are the names of individuals that we didn’t know at the time, the documents that we weren’t aware of, the communications, the cables, the emails, the phone logs of individuals that we wouldn’t have thought then that we needed to interview or to look at their records.”

GOP Senator Says Deal on Health Care Unlikely

Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) said that the Senate “probably won’t reach a deal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act when it returns from a recess next week, in a stark assessment of the party’s health-care prospects,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

Said Burr: “It’s unlikely that we will get a health-care deal.”

He added that the House-passed GOP health plan was “dead on arrival,” and that “I don’t see a comprehensive health-care plan this year.”

Burr Faces the Perfect Storm In North Carolina

“Republicans are increasingly nervous about the Senate race in North Carolina, where Senator Richard Burr finds himself at sea in a year when some party insiders say a perfect storm may be gathering for Tar Heel State Democrats,” National Review reports.

“Burr faces Deborah Ross, a former state senator, in a race that few Republicans even considered competitive several months ago. Ross was not a top recruit, entering the race only after other Democratic hopefuls passed, and Burr — the well-liked chairman of the powerful Senate Intelligence Committee — seemed to have little to worry about. But with less than three months to go until election day, Burr has barely begun campaigning, and it’s increasingly clear that his reelection is threatened by two forces beyond his control: Donald Trump and Pat McCrory, the unpopular Republican Governor who’s also up for reelection this year.”

Burr Casts Ballot Without Proper ID

Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) “cast a ballot during the the early voting period for the North Carolina primary after going to a polling place without an acceptable form of identification,” the Raleigh News & Observer reports.

Burr cast a provisional ballot and filled out a “reasonable impediment” form.

Said a spokesman: “Sen. Burr discovered he lost his ID when he arrived at the polling location, but he went out and got a new drivers license.”

Burr Seems Safe Despite Low Approval

A new Public Policy Polling survey in North Carolina finds Sen. Richard Burr’s re-election outlook remains stable: He has an approval rating in the low 30s danger zone, but leads of 6-12 points against his most mentioned potential Democratic opponents who are either unknown or unpopular.

Burr leads Treasurer Janet Cowell (D) 44% to 38%, former Senator Kay Hagan (D) 50% to 43%, Anthony Foxx (D) 45% to 36%, and Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines (D) 45% to 33%.

Burr Kicks Off Re-Election Bid with Big Night

Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) “kicked off fundraising for his 2016 re-election campaign with an event in Washington Wednesday night that brought in more than $1 million,” the Raleigh News & Observer reports.

“There was speculation in Washington that Burr might not be running because he only had $720,000 cash on hand in the latest campaign finance filing. But Burr recently announced a team of veteran political operatives as his 2016 campaign staff.”