Collins: Trump should 'never' talk about Russia probe

Collins: Trump should 'never' talk about Russia probe
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Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSenate Republicans tested on Trump support after Mueller Collins: Mueller report includes 'an unflattering portrayal' of Trump GOP senator: 'No problem' with Mueller testifying MORE (R-Maine) on Sunday said she thinks President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump calls Sri Lankan prime minister following church bombings Ex-Trump lawyer: Mueller knew Trump had to call investigation a 'witch hunt' for 'political reasons' The biggest challenge from the Mueller Report depends on the vigilance of everyone 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 Jay RosensteinEx-Trump lawyer: Mueller knew Trump had to call investigation a 'witch hunt' for 'political reasons' Mueller questioned by TV journalist over details of report Cummings: Barr acting like 'defense counsel' for Trump rather than AG MORE. Rosenstein last year appointed special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe 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.