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Collins: 'Drip, Drip, Drip' Creating Sense of Chaos From WH

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By    |   Thursday, 18 May 2017 01:38 PM

The constant "drip, drip, drip" of stories and allegations concerning the White House are creating a sense of chaos that is making it difficult to work on important issues such as healthcare reform, Sen. Susan Collins said Thursday.

"I worry that the allegations and the speculation are getting ahead of the facts," the Maine Republican told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program.

But at the same time, there are several anonymous sources, including one that told The New York Times that fired FBI Director James Comey had written a memo concerning a dinner at the White House.

In the memo, the source said, Comey had detailed how Trump allegedly asked him to back off from an investigation into then-national security adviser Michael Flynn.

"We have a memo that no one has seen but it's been read from," Collins said Thursday. "That's why we need the special counsel [former FBI Director Robert Mueller] to take care of the criminal aspects but we also need the Senate Intelligence Committee to continue its investigation."

The unprecedented explosion of information also makes it difficult to proceed with issues, she said, because the Trump administration is not "giving guidance on what they would like to see, other than very sketchy outlines. You don't have the president using his bully pulpit. And there's a sense of drift and distraction. And that's not good."

Collins is a Washington D.C. veteran, including working as a 20-year-old intern in 1974, during the Watergate crisis, and she said that while her perspective is different now that she's older, it still seems to her that at that time, the country's business was still proceeding, despite the controversy.

"Here, it feels like everything is up in the air, everything is chaotic and there's a lack of leadership coming from the White House," said Collins. "That's what seems different. People forget that Richard Nixon, for example, created the EPA and there were all these accomplishments that occurred nonetheless."

Collins said she does believe most people are relieved that Mueller has been appointed as a special counsel in the Russian investigation.

"He's not going to have to take time to get up to speed," she said. "He has established relationships with the FBI agents. He knows the process. And he's a person who is above reproach."

Meanwhile, the congressional committees will continue to play a vital role in the case as well, because they can focus on policy and on sanctions for Russia, if necessary.

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