Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., said Thursday the committee won't investigate news organizations, despite President Trump's suggestion on Twitter that the committee should look into the "fake news" they have delivered about the probe into Russia's election meddling.
But Burr did say the committee's work will end up leaving some in the press with "egg on their face."
"No, not investigating news organizations — holding them accountable for what they say, with no sources to substantiate the facts," Burr told CNN when asked whether the committee would investigate media outlets and their coverage.
"If, in fact, we find that news organizations have not covered it factually, I think that you'll see that in our report," Burr said. "You'll see that in our hearings, and you should expect it because I think that the reporting of this, judging just by yesterday's press conference, is loose at best, and they'll have to stand behind what they report."
"It will be the news organizations that covered it somewhere differently that will be the ones with egg on their face," he said. "So, I'm very, very confident that we'll lay it out there in a way that the American people will tell who was covering this factually and who was sensationalizing the coverage."
The president on Thursday questioned why the Senate Intelligence Committee isn't investigating "fake news networks" he accused of making up stories. The president's tweet came after Burr and Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., vice chair of the Intelligence Committee, held a news conference Wednesday to updating the public on its probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Warner and Burr said the question of whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russia "is still open." The two committee leaders also said its Russia investigation had expanded since it was launched in January, and the panel isn't yet ready to close the probe.