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Editorial: What Richard Burr must do next in Russia investigation

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In case you missed it yesterday, there was an excellent Capitol Broadcasting Company editorial on WRAL.com (“Sen. Burr’s big job — expose and stop Russian meddling in U.S. elections”) outlining what needs to happen next with Senator Richard Burr’s investigation into Russian interference in American politics now that Robert Mueller has concluded his investigation. As the editorial notes, it’s clear Russia interfered:

Russia engaged in an extensive campaign – not limited to social media — to subvert and influence the 2016 presidential election. Evidence indicates they staged phony rallies, issued bogus news releases and more.

As much as it matters who Russia helped, it matters even more that it was done and cheapened every American vote. As chairman of the Senate’s Intelligence Committee, Burr must make sure his committee completes a thorough investigation into what the Russians did and how to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

Americans cannot tolerate elections that are manipulated by foreign governments looking to sow confusion and strife.

So, Senator Burr and his colleague, Senator Mark Warner of Virginia (pictured above left), need to press on to uncover and make public all of the details:

“Burr and his committee need to review the FULL Mueller report in detail. The committee – Republicans and Democrats – need to look beyond the partisan implications. The biggest concerns aren’t to hurt or help candidates, campaigns or political parties.

Burr’s committee needs to finish its work – a job that will be complete when it: Details how foreign forces manipulated campaigns and voters; Identifies those who did it; Demanding they be brought to justice and; Comes up with practical ways to stop it from happening in 2020.

It is irrelevant to the important work that Burr’s committee needs to complete whether political parties, partisan operatives or candidates are to blame or are blameless.

Most specifically, Sen. Burr, tell us what the Russians did in 2016 and what you’re going to do to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

Click here to read the entire editorial.

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