Collins: Trump should 'never' talk about Russia probe

Collins: Trump should 'never' talk about Russia probe
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Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsGraham's COVID-19 'breakthrough' case jolts Senate The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate finalizes .2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill Schumer: Democrats 'on track' to pass bipartisan deal, .5T budget MORE (R-Maine) on Sunday said she thinks President TrumpDonald TrumpFive takeaways from the Ohio special primaries Missouri Rep. Billy Long enters Senate GOP primary Trump-backed Mike Carey wins GOP primary in Ohio special election MORE should “never” discuss the investigation into Russia’s election interference unless he is speaking privately with his lawyer.

“I think the president would be best served by never discussing the investigation ever, whether in tweets, except in private conversations with his attorney,” Collins told CNN’s “State of the Union.”

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Collins, who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is conducting its own investigation into Russia’s election meddling, also said it would be a “terrible mistake” for Trump to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinWashington still needs more transparency House Judiciary to probe DOJ's seizure of data from lawmakers, journalists The Hill's Morning Report - Biden-Putin meeting to dominate the week MORE. Rosenstein last year appointed special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE, who was tasked with investigating Russia’s election interference and any potential ties between Trump campaign staff members and the Kremlin.

Collins’s advice to the president comes after The New York Times reported that Trump last year called for Mueller’s firing, but backtracked after White House counsel Don McGahn threatened to quit.

The report provided fodder for Democrats, who argued that the president tried to obstruct justice.

Collins said on Sunday that a bill to protect Mueller “probably wouldn’t hurt.”

“It would certainly not hurt to put that extra safeguard in place, given the latest stories.”

Trump often speaks publicly about the probe, including on his Twitter account, where he has argued the investigation is an "excuse" for Democrats' loss in the 2016 presidential election.

— This report was updated at 10:28 a.m.