Top GOP Judiciary rep: 'At this point the president has been proved right' about no collusion

Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsDemocrats renew attacks on Trump attorney general Judiciary chairman issues subpoena for full Mueller report Judiciary Republican: Nadler 'only person trying to spin' Mueller report MORE (R-Ga.), the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, said Sunday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpThorny part of obstruction of justice is proving intent, that's a job for Congress Obama condemns attacks in Sri Lanka as 'an attack on humanity' Schiff rips Conway's 'display of alternative facts' on Russian election interference MORE has been "proved right" that there was no collusion between his campaign and Russia in the 2016 election.

"At this point the president has been proved right. I think he was obviously frustrated during this time, and rightfully so as this report seems to show," Collins said on "Fox News Sunday," two days after special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE handed in his report, concluding his investigation into the matter.

The congressman cautioned that Mueller's principal findings have yet to be made public, but that indications appear to be that the president will be vindicated by the report.


"In their main core of the collusion or investigation of obstruction, they’re seemingly coming to the point that the president and those around him had nothing to do with this," Collins said.

"That is the core finding at least in what we’re seeing so far," he added.

Republicans are cautiously celebrating the news that Mueller's report, which is not yet public, does not recommend any additional indictments, suggesting no evidence of criminal charges. It is not clear yet what evidence Mueller may have found against Trump or his associates.

Separately on ABC News, Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanOvernight Health Care: DOJ charges doctors over illegal opioid prescriptions | Cummings accuses GOP of obstructing drug pricing probe | Sanders courts Republican voters with 'Medicare for All' | Dems probe funding of anti-abortion group Cummings accuses Oversight Republicans of obstructing drug price probe Schumer staffer-turned-wrestling coach focus of new documentary MORE (R-Ohio) also noted "all indications are that there’s not going to be any finding of collusion whatsoever.”

“We got to read the report, but what I do know is that to date, not one bit of evidence to show any type of coordination, collusion, conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia to influence the election," he said. "And that was the charge, George [Stephanopoulos], when this thing started almost two years ago.”

On Fox, anchor Chris Wallace noted that former Trump associates Michael Flynn, Michael CohenMichael Dean CohenEnd of Mueller shifts focus to existing probes Democrats renew attacks on Trump attorney general The Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems face tricky balancing act after Mueller report MORE and Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneEnd of Mueller shifts focus to existing probes Heavily redacted Mueller report leaves major questions unanswered The Hill's Morning Report — Category 5 Mueller storm to hit today MORE have all pleaded guilty or been charged with lying to investigators or Congress about their dealings with Russians, or in Stone's case WikiLeaks.

Collins downplayed that their association with Trump has any bearing on the president's innocence. 

"I just think it shows you’ve got three people who chose to lie to investigators when nobody told them to lie to investigators as far as anything has been pointed out," he said, arguing that Democrats are attempting to "paint the president" based on the actions of others. 

“If this report comes back as it seems to be coming back that there was no collusion on the president or the part of the campaign, then that is the part that we need to take and move from here," he added. "Why people lie, Chris, that’s a discussion for them and their lawyers and why they chose to do that."

The special counsel submitted his final report to Attorney General William Barr on Friday evening, signaling the end of the nearly two-year investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Mueller already implicated six former Trump associates in his investigation, and more than 20 Russians. Collins noted those Russians are unlikely to face court proceedings in the U.S.

Barr is expected to brief Congress on Mueller's main findings in the coming days and could do so as early as Sunday. The attorney general has previously committed to releasing as much of the report as possible under the law, but Democrats and some Republicans have been insistent that the full document be made public.

Democrats have vowed to press forward with investigations into possible obstruction of justice and abuse of power by Trump, something Collins said Sunday is "going to play badly for them."

- Michael Burke contributed.