GOP rep on Russia probe: ‘What do we really accomplish?’

Greg Nash

Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) on Wednesday questioned the point of investigating Russia’s interference in the presidential election.

Asked by CNN “New Day” host Alisyn Camerota whether the Kremlin “meddled” in the 2016 race, Collins replied: “I suppose we’ll never know. If we want to stipulate they did as far as hacking and releasing emails, if you want to stipulate that, that’s fine.

“I don’t think we should continue investigations, because at the end, what do we really accomplish? There’s nothing we can do to change it. We need to unite the country. People who are calling Mr. [President-elect Donald] Trump the ‘Electoral College president,’ you know, that’s insulting to our democracy.”

Collins said Russia’s main contribution to the presidential campaign was helping expose Democrats’ unethical behavior.

{mosads}“The truth came out,” he said. “So those who are upset are saying, ‘We’re upset by the truth.’ When Americans saw the truth, that may have had an impact on the election.

“The people that are aghast at what happened — it was really the lies, deceit of the [Democratic National Committee] and the going’s-on relative to the DNC’s favoring Hillary [Clinton] over Bernie [Sanders].”

A CIA assessment reportedly concluded Russia intervened in the election to help Trump.

Intelligence agencies have identified various individuals who helped the Russian government leak hacked documents from several Democratic sources to WikiLeaks, according to reports last week. Compromised sources included the DNC and Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.

Trump has fiercely rejected the agency’s conclusion, calling it “ridiculous” and “another excuse” from Democrats about their loss.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said the committee plans on probing Russia’s meddling in the election.

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