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

Rep. Chris CollinsChristopher (Chris) Carl CollinsConspicuous by their absence from the Republican Convention NY Republican Chris Jacobs wins special election to replace Chris Collins 5 things to watch in Tuesday's primaries MORE (R-N.Y.), one of President TrumpDonald John TrumpCensus Bureau intends to wrap up count on Oct. 5 despite judge's order Top House Republican calls for probe of source of NYT Trump tax documents New Yorkers report receiving ballots with wrong name, voter addresses 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.

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Trump's tweets followed news reports that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout 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 ScaliseGinsburg becomes the first woman to lie in state in the Capitol House GOP slated to unveil agenda ahead of election House panel details 'serious' concerns around Florida, Georgia, Texas, Wisconsin elections 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.