Collins: 'I Have Not Yet Seen Any Definitive Evidence of Collusion'

By Susan Jones | October 30, 2017 | 4:57am EDT
Sen. Susan Colllins (R-Maine) (Photo: Screen grab/CBS)

( – Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), a member of the intelligence committee, said there’s still no evidence of the Trump campaign working with Russia to influence the outcome of the 2016 election.

“Any sign of collusion after all these interviews, all this time?” John Dickerson, host of CBS’s “Face the Nation,” asked Collins on Sunday.

“I have not yet seen any definitive evidence of collusion,” Collins replied. “I have seen lots of evidence that the Russians were very active in trying to influence the election.”



Collins also said Clinton campaign manager John Podesta and former Democrat National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz “absolutely need to be recalled” before the committee to discuss the millions of dollars that were paid to Fusion GPS, the company that compiled the error-laden dossier on Donald Trump.

Both Podesta and Schultz earlier denied knowing about the money the campaign and the DNC paid to Fusion GPS.

“It's difficult to imagine that a campaign chairman, that the head of the DNC would not know of an expenditure of this magnitude and significance,” Collins said. “But perhaps there's something more going on here. But certainly it's worth additional questioning of those two witnesses.”

Collins also wants to hear again from Clinton campaign lawyer Marc Elias of the law firm Perkins Coie, who paid Fusion GPS on behalf of his clients to do opposition research on trump.

Fusion GPS then hired Christopher Steele, a former British spy, to work with Russian operatives to smear Trump with information put in the unverified dossier.

Congressional Republicans now want to know if that unverified information was used to launch an FBI inquiry into Trump and his associates.

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