Dem senator slams Spicer for 'mischaracterizing' his remarks on Trump-Russia collusion

Dem senator slams Spicer for 'mischaracterizing' his remarks on Trump-Russia collusion
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Sen. Christopher CoonsChris CoonsSenators introduce new Iran sanctions Gorsuch sails on day one, but real test is Tuesday Live coverage: Supreme Court nominee hearings begin MORE (D-Del.) on Monday criticized White House press secretary Sean Spicer for allegedly mischaracterizing his comments on the potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. 

In a statement Monday, Coons said he was "disappointed" Spicer had mischaracterized comments he made earlier this month "in his attempt to defend President Trump against allegations of potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials."
 
"For Mr. Spicer’s sake, let me be clear once again," Coons said in the statement.
 
"Though I have not seen specific evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials, there is quite a bit of circumstantial evidence that suggests collusion may have occurred, including confirmation just this morning that the FBI is investigating potential collusion between the campaign and Russian officials."
 
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Coons cited the firings of President Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort and national security adviser Michael Flynn. He also pointed to Trump's refusal to release his tax return and the president's claims earlier this month that former President Barack ObamaBarack ObamaOvernight Energy: Trump's climate order coming Tuesday Feehery: Freedom Caucus follies Perry visits proposed Yucca nuclear waste site MORE had wiretapped Trump Tower before the election.
 
"President Trump and his team have refused every opportunity to allay concerns of inappropriate Russian ties," Coons said.
 
"Indeed, they have fostered those concerns, knowingly or not."
 
The Delaware Democrat said he has worked to make sure Congress "investigates these concerns in an honest, thorough and, most importantly, bipartisan way."
 
"That is how I will continue to approach this issue ... The American people deserve to know the truth about whether or not senior members of the president’s campaign collaborated with Russian hacking of our 2016 election," he continued.
 
“Mr. Spicer would do well to quote me accurately and fully in the future.”
 
Spicer quoted a select portion of an interview Coons did earlier this month regarding collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. During the interview on "Fox News Sunday," Coons said he had no "hard evidence of collusion."
 
"I think what hard evidence there may be will be discovered either through a full release of President Trump's financial interests and concerns and taxes, or the intercepts that I believe our intelligence community and FBI have of conversations between and among Russian officials," Coons said during the interview.
 
"And that's why I think it's important for us to get to the bottom of this so that we're not still talking about this as an unresolved issue where we don't know the answer months from now."