Santorum on Potential Trump-Russia Collusion: ‘I’d Be Stunned’ Trump Campaign Was ‘Organized Enough to Collude With Anybody’

TRENT BAKER

Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) said he would be “stunned” if President Donald Trump’s campaign was “organized to collude with anybody” for the 2016 presidential election.

“Well, first off, with all due respect to Adam [Kinzinger], I was against a special prosecutor,” Santorum said. “Special prosecutors have a history of prosecuting. Why? Because they have to justify their existence. I mean, you look at the situation with Fitzgerald. Who did they get? They didn’t get — they got Scooter Libby, which has turned out to be a scurrilous charge. I mean, the reality is, when you turn this from a counter-intelligence investigation, which is what it was under the FBI, to now a criminal — at least according to what we’re hearing — a potentially criminal investigation, Bob Mueller has to justify his existence, which means he’s got to find someone who did something wrong at some point in time.  And I don’t think that’s really an issue here. The issue is were the Russians — what was the role of the Russians and the Trump campaign? What was the role of Russians in this country and this election?”

“And we’ve now changed that to really the focus, I think, is going to be more on is there a cover-up?” he continued. “Because I don’t think, at least from everything we’re hearing, there’s any evidence of collusion, there’s any evidence from my perspective of having worked with the Trump campaign — I’d be stunned that they were organized enough to collude with anybody.  So the idea that we have shifted this focus from it’s about the Russians, what did they do, who did they work with, to what did the Trump campaign and who can we nail? That’s a bad thing for the country.”

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