December 14, 2016
A Republican congressman serving on President-elect Trump’s transition team said Wednesday that there’s no need to investigate Russia’s purported attempt to influence the U.S. election, and said a probe into the matter wouldn’t accomplish anything.
“I don’t think we should continue investigations, because at the end, what do we really accomplish?” Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., said on CNN. “We need to unite the country.”
“People who are calling Mr. Trump the Electoral College president, you know, that’s insulting to our democracy,” Collins added.
Collins said he’s willing to accept the idea that Russia tried to influence voters, but also seemed to defend the idea that emails from Hillary Clinton aides and the Democratic National Committee came out, because they revealed the truth about Clinton.
“The truth came out,” he said. “I should say to people that are aghast at what happened, it was really the lies, deceit, of the DNC and the goings-on relative to the DNC favoring Hillary over Bernie [Sanders].”
“So those who are upset are saying, ‘we’re upset by the truth,’ and when Americans saw the truth that may have had an impact on the election,” he said.
“It’s not going to change the results of the election, and again it was the truth that came out,” he said. “We need to move on and unite behind President Trump.”
Collins added that he’s not worried about Russia hacking the Republican National Committee because he’s confident there’s nothing controversial in GOP emails.
“It is an occupational hazard, but I’m a little tongue-in-cheek sure that there was nothing that would have been harmful in Republican emails,” Collins said.