Senate steps up as House Russia probe flails – By Austin Wright and Martin Matishak 03/29/17 06:45 PM EDT

The leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee delivered a bipartisan show of force.

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr and Ranking Member Mark Warner update the press on the state of the committee’s investigation into Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election on March 29. | John Shinkle/POLITICO

The House investigation into Russia’s election meddling is in shambles. The Senate is more than happy to fill the void.

As the House probe continued its collapse into a partisan shouting match Wednesday, Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr and his Democratic counterpart, Mark Warner, stepped into the spotlight to present a stark contrast. Their message? We are the adults in the room.

The two senators delivered a bravura bipartisan performance at their first joint press conference, complimenting each other and vowing to bridge their political differences to get to the bottom of what Burr called one of the most important investigations in his 22-year tenure in Congress.

Burr acknowledged voting for President Donald Trump but said his job as Intelligence chairman “overrides any personal beliefs that I have or loyalties that I might have.”

And while Burr said at the beginning of the briefing that he would not answer any questions about the chaos in the House, the North Carolina Republican did not pass up the opportunity for a subtle and indirect jab at House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.).

Asked whether there’s any circumstance under which he would refuse to share the identity of a source with Warner — as Nunes is doing with his committee — Burr quipped that Warner “usually knows my sources before I do.”

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