Rep. Denny Heck (D-WA), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Friday that the FBI would only have confiscated the phone of "Trump defender" Ted Malloch when they detained him in Boston earlier this week if they had evidence of collusion.
Malloch, the congressman said, is a "Roger Stone acolyte" and a "propaganda machine." Heck went on to say that the London-based Trump backer's claim that he was detained at Boston's Logan airport because he's writing about the "Deep State" working to take down President Donald Trump is being used to sell his book.
He continued by saying it's "interesting" that the FBI had "legal access" to Malloch's cell phone, which investigators seized with the intent of searching through.
"You have to believe there was a legal predicate that enabled them to do that," Heck said. "And with [special counsel Robert] Mueller, the only conclusion you can make is he was after something and he knew what he was after."
"I don't think this is a case of alleged collusion," the House Intelligence Committee member said. "I think collusion has been hiding in plain sight. I don't think it's debatable. How else can you describe the infamous meeting in Trump Tower? how else can you describe the contacts and communication between Trump campaign operatives and WikiLeaks? That is collusion. That is a textbook definition of collusion."
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