Dem senator: Mueller ‘great choice’ to lead Russia probe

Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinElection Countdown: Family separation policy may haunt GOP in November | Why Republican candidates are bracing for surprises | House Dems rake in record May haul | 'Dumpster fire' ad goes viral Manchin up 9 points over GOP challenger in W.Va. Senate race Senate moderates push for meeting to discuss border crisis MORE (D-W.Va.) on Thursday praised the choice of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to investigate Russian election interference.

"It sounds to be a great choice, and it is the right move and a great choice to put some confidence back," Manchin said on CNN's "New Day."

"We're on the right track. And this is a good thing. I think the public should have confidence in what's going on."

Manchin said the Senate Intelligence Committee will continue its own probe of Russian election involvement and President Trump's possible links to the Kremlin, alongside the Mueller's investigation.

"The special prosecutor will do his job and we'll see where it goes," he said.

"But we're going to make sure that we uncover and have transparency and whatever's there is there. Let the intel take you to the facts and the facts will take you to the truth."

The Department of Justice on Wednesday appointed Mueller as special counsel. 

Democrats had clamored for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to appoint a special prosecutor in the wake of reports that fired FBI Director James Comey penned a memo documenting a request from President Trump that he "let go" of the investigation into former national security advisor Michael Flynn. Critics say the request could constitute obstruction of justice.