By Peter NicholasWASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican senators on Wednesday said they would investigate whether the Trump administration sought to influence the outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential election to boost its party and advance its policies.
Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine said she would lead a committee investigating possible collusion between Trump’s campaign and the Russian government.
“There are a lot of things that have been alleged, but there’s no evidence that that was the case,” Collins told reporters in a closed-door hearing.
Collins, who is the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, also said she planned to seek to subpoena the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to determine if there was evidence that any Trump administration officials interfered with the 2016 election.
The FBI declined to comment on the report.
A spokeswoman for Collins said the senator has no knowledge of such an investigation.
“Senator Collins is not aware of any such investigation.
Senator Collins’ office is working to ensure that this matter does not impact her work in the Senate,” the spokeswoman said.
The investigation was the subject of a Senate Intelligence Committee probe in October, which concluded there was no evidence of any Russian interference with the election, but the panel is still working to get to the bottom of the matter.
Republican Representative Devin Nunes of California, the committee’s chairman, has said that the House Intelligence Committee, which is also investigating the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, is looking into the matter as well.
Nunes and Democrats on the House panel are expected to meet on Thursday.
Collins is a member of the Judiciary Committee and a senior member of Trump’s party, which has been critical of the Trump White House for its handling of the Russia probe.
Collins said she hoped to have a bipartisan commission with bipartisan support in the next few weeks.
(Reporting by Peter Nicholas; Editing by Eric Beech)