On Tuesday’s broadcast of CNN’s “The Lead,” Senate Intelligence Committee member Tom Cotton (R-AR) discussed the committee’s subpoena of Donald Trump Jr., and said that the committee is carrying out “a counterintelligence inquiry, not a criminal investigation” to discover “what techniques Russia uses, so we can make sure that they don’t do it once again in the future.”

Cotton stated, “You’ve got to keep in mind that what we’re doing is a counterintelligence inquiry, not a criminal investigation. Senator Burr (R-NC) has already said, there’s no collusion found by our committee. That’s since there was no collusion. What we’re attempting to do is get to the bottom of exactly what Russia was up to, so we know what strategies Russia uses, so we can make sure that they don’t do it again in the future.”

Host Jake Tapper then asked Cotton about Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) recommending Trump Jr. to avoid the subpoena.

Cotton responded to, “I hope that the committee can get the info that the committee requires to figure out exactly what Russia was up to, to clear up any disparities developed by other testament or other evidence that has actually stepped forward, so we can ensure that Russia doesn’t interfere in our elections once again.”

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