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Collins Says Mueller Report Points To 'Serious Threat To Our Democratic Institution'

J Scott Applewhite
Maine Public

Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins says the Mueller report is far more complex and nuanced than partisans are saying, and that it paints a disturbing picture of President Trump’s behavior.

She says it underscores the findings of the Senate Intelligence Committee, on which she serves.

“The Russians were determined to try to influence public opinion and interfere in our elections, and that is a serious threat to our democratic institution,” Collins says.

She says the attempts by the President to have Mueller fired are disturbing, saying “He was not only very upset by the special counsel’s investigations, but tried several times through intermediaries to end it, and it is an unflattering portrayal of the President.”

Collins also says the report opens up several additional areas for the committee to explore as part of its investigation of Russian efforts to influence U.S. elections.

“It is very clear that this report appears to have changed very few minds in Washington,” she says. “I, personally, found the report to be a very thorough undertaking.”

Journalist Mal Leary spearheads Maine Public's news coverage of politics and government and is based at the State House.