Behold U.S. Senators Richard Burr, a hard-line conservative from North Carolina, and Mark Warner, a hard-line liberal from Virginia, standing shoulder to shoulder, agreeing with each other. Together, these two whose political philosophies couldn’t be farther apart, faced the cameras to insist on an independent, thorough investigation into Russia’s interference in our presidential election and possible roles in it played by the Trump campaign.
In the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Devin Nunes, who chairs the House intelligence Committee, has corrupted any hope for unearthing the truth there. In the Senate, however, Burr and Warner now promise an “adult, bipartisan investigation” into what really happened.
Note this from the Washington Post: “Together, Burr and Warner . . . have seven full-time investigators handling the inquiry and have set out to interview 20 key witnesses, starting with the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who has played a key advisory role in the campaign and the West Wing.”
Can we trust these two senators to put partisanship aside and deliver the truth to us anxious Americans? For the past eight years, bipartisan cooperation has been on an extended holiday from Washington. Are we now to believe that it has returned?
Their voting records expose their quite different views of governing. To cite a few: Burr strongly opposes making voting easier, prioritizing green energy, higher taxes on the wealthy, privatizing Social Security, same-sex marriage, abortion as an unrestricted right. Warner takes the opposite position on virtually all of these questions. Yet, here they are, ostensibly working together, to get at the truth in our behalf. Will they succeed?
“The committee will go wherever the intelligence leads us,” Burr told the Washington Post reporter. “We’re gonna get it right,” Warner said.
We all will be watching and hoping.