Trump ally: Timing on Russia investigation tweet ‘could have been better’

Rep. Chris CollinsChristopher (Chris) Carl CollinsOn The Money: Economy adds 136K jobs in September | Jobless rate at 50-year low | Treasury IG to probe handling of Trump tax returns request | House presses Zuckerberg to testify on digital currency Two Collins associates plead guilty in insider trading case On The Money: Trump blames Fed as manufacturing falters | US to join Trump lawsuit over NY subpoena for tax returns | Ex-Rep. Chris Collins pleads guilty in insider trading case MORE (R-N.Y.), one of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump faces high stakes in meeting with Erdoğan amid impeachment drama Democrats worry they don't have right candidate to beat Trump Trump threatening to fire Mulvaney: report MORE's most ardent allies on Capitol Hill, on Thursday criticized the timing of the president's latest tweets attacking the investigation into Russian election meddling.

"I think timing could have been better on that, and I can't speak for the president, obviously he does what he does," Collins said. "Clearly, he's frustrated by the investigation, and the investigation is going to run its course, probably for many, many, many months."

"I'm not counseling the president, but I would have certainly not advised that that tweet go out today, because we're still very much reacting to yesterday's shooting," he added.

ADVERTISEMENT

Trump's tweets followed news reports that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSpeier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump Gowdy: I '100 percent' still believe public congressional hearings are 'a circus' Comey: Mueller 'didn't succeed in his mission because there was inadequate transparency' MORE was expanding his Russia investigation to look into the president for possibly attempting to obstruct justice. Mueller, a former FBI director, has been praised by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle as an uncompromising and fair law enforcement official. 

In the postings, Trump said the investigation was being "led by some very bad and conflicted people."

The tweets also came as Capitol Hill reels from a Wednesday morning shooting in which a gunman opened fire at Republican lawmakers practicing for a charity baseball game in Alexandria, Va.

Five people were wounded in the attack, including House Majority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseLive updates on impeachment: Schiff fires warning at GOP over whistleblower Bottom Line Trump allies assail impeachment on process while House Democrats promise open hearings soon MORE (R-La.), who underwent surgery and remains in critical condition. Trump visited Scalise in the hospital Wednesday night.

Trump called for unity in a statement following the shootings.