Deb Fischer talks disaster relief bill, Trump and Russia investigation

Sen. Deb Fischer paid Channel 8 Eyewitness News a visit Friday.

She took the time to answer questions about President Trump’s decision to give Attorney General William Barr new powers to declassify documents about surveillance of Trump’s 2016 campaign.

We asked Fischer if she thinks former U.S. intelligence members illegally spied on the campaign.

“I don’t know,” Fischer said.  “That’s what the attorney general’s going to have an investigation on and we’ll see where that investigation goes.  I know the attorney general has said he didn’t expect a long, drawn–out investigation.”

Sen. Fischer said she doesn’t think Trump colluded with Russia or obstructed justice.

She also weighed in on the $19.1 billion disaster relief package the Senate passed Thursday.

It would aid Nebraska’s farmers and ranchers in recovering from any damage and loss due to the floods this spring.

“When this disaster package started eight months ago, Nebraska wasn’t in it because we hadn’t gone through the disasters that we saw in March,” she said.  “It was work, but when it finally came together to get it passed in the Senate and it passed overwhelmingly.”

Texas Representative Chip Roy stalled it today.

“I didn’t think that the People’s House should be subjected to unanimous consent on a Friday when everybody’s heading out of town and instead, we should vote,” Roy said.

“I’m not happy about that at all,” Fischer said.  “That’s kind of ridiculous that a congressman from Texas objected, so we’ll have to wait another week.”

Regardless, she said she’s confident congress will pass it and President Trump is expected to approve it.

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