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John Rutherford: ‘Not concerned’ about Russian collusion with Donald Trump campaign

On Tuesday in Jacksonville, U.S. Rep. John Rutherford — an ally of President Donald Trump — discussed the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, and the parallel investigations of the Trump Administration.

“I want them to look at Russia’s attempt to interject themselves into our election process through cyberactivity and all that,” Rutherford said, “but I don’t see any collusion, I don’t think they’re going to find any collusion. It’s been almost six months now.”

“If they were going to find collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians, I think it would have already been uncovered. So I’m not concerned at all about that. And I’m also not concerned about this idea that somehow … whatever the conversation was with [former FBI Director James] Comey, obstruction of justice,” Rutherford said.

Rutherford believes that much of the maelstrom around this story is politically motivated.

“Not the investigation that’s dealing with the cyberattack. Obviously, that occurred; we know it occurred; we know it’s been occurring. In fact,” said Rutherford, “we have to address not only the Russian hacking and others — China, others — who hacked not only our voting system but also our electrical grids and all sorts of attacks we’re experiencing.”

Rutherford, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, does not expect that panel to take up any of this in the foreseeable future.

“The Intelligence Oversight Committee in the House and the Senate,” Rutherford said, “is doing their job.”

And, contrary to the disquiet some feel about President Trump’s Tweets, Rutherford sees them as a way of communicating with “his constituents.”

“It’s not for me to advise the President … whatever his strategy is is his strategy,” Rutherford said. “I’m not going to give the President advice on how to Tweet.”

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A.G. Gancarski has been a working journalist for over two decades. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at a.g.gancarski@gmail.com.

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