ARCHDALE, N.C. -- U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.) is making a trip to Thomas Built Buses in Archdale Friday.
He's joining a group of about 100 students from area high schools to tour the facility for Manufacturing Day.
The idea is to show students the wide variety of careers available in manufacturing technologies.
Although Senator Burr was taking a break from Washington D.C. physically, he spoke to media about the latest on Capitol Hill, including the recent firing of former FBI Director James Comey.
"He's been more forthcoming with me than any FBI director in the 23 years I've been there," Burr explains, calling Comey one of the most straightforward public servants he's had the opportunity to work with.
He also adds President Donald Trump had every right to do what he did.
"Clearly the President lost trust in James Comey," he tells. "Why? That's a question the President will have to answer."
Burr's Senate Intelligence Committee has a lot of questions of it's own, vowing to dig deeper into the investigation on Russia influence in the election.
"I think we've already seen Russian involvement in a level of American politics in the past 3 months that concerns us greatly," Burr says.
He makes it clear that he's not seen any evidence at this point of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
"Investigations don't always end up where you think they will end up when you start them and we've got to have the room to complete this investigation. This will end up being probably the most thorough investigation in the 23 years I've been in the United States Congress."
The Senate Intelligence Committee has invited former Director Comey to speak in a closed session Tuesday. At the time of the interview, Senator Burr says Comey has not accepted that invitation yet, but hopes to ultimately set up a time that will work for the Committee and Comey. He hopes to get more information from him about the Russian investigation.
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