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Sen. Burr's Intel Panel Referring Witness Lying to Mueller

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Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C. (Ron Sachs/AP)

Thursday, 13 December 2018 08:01 PM

The Senate Intelligence Committee made "quite a few referrals" to special counsel Robert Mueller of cases where witnesses were suspected of lying to the panel during its Russia probe, according to chairman Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C.

In a Thursday interview with The Hill, Burr said there will likely will be more referrals as well.

"We've made quite a few referrals," Burr told the news outlet. "I won't get into the numbers, but where we have found criminality, we have made those referrals, and I'm sure that they're not the last."

The Senate panel has interviewed witnesses behind closed doors in its Russia investigation over the course of nearly two years, The Hill noted. Burr told The Hill he is "fairly confident" the probe will wrap up in the spring.

"It's just a question of how long it takes us to wrap up the remaining folks that we need to interview and those that we need to call back," Burr told The Hill.

Meanwhile, The Hill reported, with President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen pleading guilty to lying to the House and Senate Intelligence committees about plans to build a Trump property in Moscow, more attention is being given to the September 2017 testimony of Donald Trump Jr. before the Senate Judiciary Committee. 

The president's eldest son told lawmakers then discussions about a possible Trump Tower Moscow within the Trump Organization "faded away I believe at the end of '14" and "certainly" did not take place in 2016, The Hill reported, citing transcripts.

But, according to court filings in Cohen's case, the discussions continued as late at June 2016. Prosecutors say Cohen also briefed Trump and members of his family about the project, The Hill reported.

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Cases where witnesses were suspected of lying to the panel during its Russia probe were referred to special counsel Robert Mueller, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., told The Hill.
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