- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 30, 2017

Sen. Susan Collins said Thursday she is positive the American public will have confidence in the findings that come out of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russia’s alleged tampering in U.S. elections - pushing back against the notion that the best way to get to the bottom of what happened is through a special prosecutor or independent commission.

Mrs. Collins, Maine Republican, stressed that Sens. Richard Burr, North Carolina Republican, and Mark Warner, Virginia Democrat - the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee - have shown that they can work together to “make sure the committee members are all involved.”

“This has really been a non-partisan investigation, not just a bipartisan investigation,” Mrs. Collins said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” At the end of our work, I believe that the American public will know what happened, will be on alert for additional Russian efforts to sow the seeds of doubts about our democracy and will be able to accept our findings and recommendations.”

The Senate Intelligence Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing Thursday.

The panel has become the focus of the investigation of Russia and its alleged ties to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign because of the way a parallel probe in the House has been marred by partisan bickering and concerns over impartiality.

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