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Susan Collins: House Probe 'Like Following a Mystery Novel'

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By    |   Tuesday, 28 Mar 2017 01:11 PM

The Senate Intelligence Committee's investigation into Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 election is more of a bipartisan effort than the House probe, and it carries "far more credibility" because of the controversy surrounding Rep. Devin Nunes' activities, Sen. Susan Collins said Tuesday.

"Following the House investigation is like following a mystery novel," the Maine Republican told CNN "New Day" anchor Chris Cuomo. "You never know what is going to happen next. But I will say this, that although this has been a crazy year, the one thing that has remained constant is that the House never takes kindly to the Senate telling it how to operate or conduct its investigations."

Collins, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said she has more confidence in her committee's probe because Chairman Sen. Richard Burr and vice chair Sen. Mark Warner are working "hand-in-glove" on the matter.

Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's senior advisor and son-in-law, has agreed to meet with Senate Intelligence Committee members, and Collins said he deserves credit for coming in voluntarily.

He did not say he would testify, because at this point in the investigation, it's more common for the committee to do interviews, Collins said.

"That way we don't have to deal with lawyers on either side setting the rules, and we can often get information," Collins said. "If later on it becomes evident that we need a formal deposition under oath, then I'm sure that will be done."

She said she did find it interesting that the Russians contradicted Kushner, when he said he said he had been acting as a liaison between the campaign and foreign governments, a role not unusual in a presidential campaign.

"But then the Russians said that it had to do with his business dealings, so I'm sure that that will be an issue that we'll try to clarify," said Colilns.

However, she also believes the Russians are trying to make more problems as the process continues.

"If there is anything that we have learned over the past few months, it is that the Russians are not our friends," Collins said. "They cannot be trusted. They in some ways have succeeded in sowing doubt and the seeds of confusion about what happened last fall.

"That's what they do with all western democracies. This has been a long-standing practice of the Russians, to spread disinformation. So I was not surprised when they contradicted Mr. Kushner's explanation of why he had these meetings. "

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