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Sen. Michael Bennet On Russia: No White House Talking Points 'Can Overcome The Truth'07:01
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Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., leaves the chamber after an emotional speech on the Senate floor over the partial government shutdown, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)
Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., leaves the chamber after an emotional speech on the Senate floor over the partial government shutdown, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

It's been another Friday in the era of the Trump presidency and Mueller investigation. That's to say there's been no shortage of breaking news.

A deal to temporarily end the government shutdown. Trump confidant Roger Stone arrested by the FBI.

On Point welcomed Sen. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., who serves on the Senate Intelligence Committee, to discuss.

Interview Highlights

On what we know about the 2016 elections, in light of the latest Mueller investigation moves

"I can't speak to the specifics on the Intelligence Committee, but I know that everybody is anxious to hear from Michael Cohen in the Senate. I think that my reaction to Roger Stone's arrest is that this is just the latest of over 30 arrests, eight convictions, as a result of the Mueller investigation. That's the largest number, by the way, of any type of special investigation like this that we've ever had. So this idea that the president is trying to get away with, that this is a witch hunt, I think is absolutely, demonstrably false. And finally, I would say, just as an American and also as somebody who once worked at the Justice Department, seeing this footage this morning of the FBI going to Roger Stone's home was a reminder to me that we still are a nation of laws. We're not a nation of men. And most Americans, I think virtually all Americans, subscribe to the rule of law. It's nice to see that process working at a time when the president is so cavalier about our democratic traditions and freedoms."

"At this point it's obvious and clear to almost everybody who's observing this that the Russians were working hard to figure out how to elect Donald Trump and defeat Hillary Clinton, and made us vulnerable to their dastardly tactics. And we need to make sure that doesn't happen again in 2020."

Sen. Michael Bennet

On the White House claims that there is no collusion

"I think the truth will come out in the end. I think that there's no number of White House talking points that can overcome the truth. And the fact that the president has defined his wrongdoing as either collusion or the absence of collusion does not ignore the fact that we have a federal criminal code that has all kinds of potential crimes that could have been created in the 2016 election. I mean, I think that at this point it's obvious and clear to almost everybody who's observing this that the Russians were working hard to figure out how to elect Donald Trump and defeat Hillary Clinton, and made us vulnerable to their dastardly tactics. And we need to make sure that doesn't happen again in 2020. And I think in the meantime, all of us Republicans and Democrats together in the Senate, need to do everything we can to defend the Mueller investigation and make sure that he's able to do his job."

Alex Schroeder adapted this interview for the web.

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