And it's Burr who says so, not the Democrat. I guess I could be cynical and say they want to push it hoping something will missed but I'm betting they're pushing it because they don't want this albatross around their necks when they start campaigning hard in JAN. Plus Mueller is likely going to know a whole lot more by DEC.

Senate Intel putting Russia probe on fast track

Chairman Burr hopes to wrap up the investigation by the end of this year and is pushing an ‘aggressive’ interview schedule.


By DARREN SAMUELSOHN , AUSTIN WRIGHT and KYLE CHENEY
06/28/2017 02:02 PM EDT
Updated 06/28/2017 03:48 PM EDT

The Senate panel probing Russian interference in the 2016 election aims to finish its work by the end of this year and plans to double the number of witness interviews to nearly 90 before lawmakers break for the August recess, the Republican leader of the investigation said Wednesday.

“I’d like to finish by the end of this year,” Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) told reporters when asked about his timeline for completing a final report, saying that timeline was "aspirational." “It can be done.”


Burr said the intelligence committee’s aides have already spoken to “well over 40” people — and a source close to the investigation characterized that group primarily as intelligence community analysts and former government officials like Jeh Johnson, who served as President Barack Obama’s Homeland Security secretary.

“We’ve got a very aggressive schedule in July,” Burr explained. “We may double the number of interviews by the time we leave for the August recess based upon our schedule.”
The Senate panel is one of at least five committees digging into Russia’s role in influencing the election and any ties between the Cold War adversary and President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.

Much of Burr’s committee's work has taken place behind closed doors, though it held its seventh public hearing on Wednesday on how Moscow has used cyber espionage and viral fake news stories to influence elections in Europe. Both the Senate panel and its House counterpart have issued multiple subpoenas, including to Trump’s former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

And Burr told POLITICO on Wednesday his panel had reached an agreement to get memos James Comey wrote on his interactions with Trump, including a meeting in which the president allegedly urged the former FBI director to drop an investigation into Flynn...

Senate Intel putting Russia probe on fast track - POLITICO