Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) said Sunday that John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, and Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz need to be interviewed by the Senate Intelligence Committee regarding the payments to a political firm that dug up dirt on President Trump last year, reports The Washington Times.
“They absolutely need to be recalled,” Collins said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
“’It’s difficult to imagine that a campaign chairman, that the head of the DNC, would not know of an expenditure of this magnitude and significance. But perhaps there’s something more going on here. But certainly, it’s worth additional questioning of those two witnesses,’ said Collins.”
Schultz was the head of the Democratic National Committee last year before resigning over the summer. Both Podesta and Schultz denied to congressional investigators that they had any knowledge about an arrangement to pay the firm Fusion GPS for opposition research into Trump.
Fusion GPS was the firm that was responsible for funding the former British spy, Christopher Steele, who wrote up the official dossier that contains unverified allegations of misconduct and collusion between Trump and the Russian government.
The Washington Post reported last week that Marc Elias, the lawyer representing the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee, did retain Fusion GPS to conduct research.
Sen. Collins believes Elias should be questioned as well. Collins also says that she hasn’t seen any “definitive” evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
“I’ve seen lots of evidence that the Russians were very active in trying to influence the election,” Collins said.
Special counsel Robert Mueller should take notice of Collins advice and should call in Schultz and Podesta into the investigation to be questioned.