Senator Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, says he won't prejudge the probe into the possible links between the Trump campaign and Russia, saying ''We are seeking to determine if there's an actuial fire but there's clearly a lot of smoke.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee began its open hearing on Thursday (March 30) for its investigation into any direct links between Russia and Republican Donald Trump during his successful 2016 run for the White House. Committee Chairman Richard Burr and Mark Warner, its top Democrat, pledged at a joint news conference on Wednesday that they would work together, in contrast with the partisan discord roiling a similar probe by the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee. Warner said in his opening remarks that he would not prejudge the probe into the possible links, though conceded there was "a lot of smoke" surrounding the issue. The Senate committee intends to begin interviewing as many as 20 people, including Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and one of his closest advisers, beginning as early as Monday.