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Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerCheney set to be face of anti-Trump GOP How leaving Afghanistan cancels our post-9/11 use of force The unflappable Liz Cheney: Why Trump Republicans have struggled to crush her MORE (R-Tenn.) said Wednesday that Senate Republicans are deliberating the best path for their probe into Russia in the wake of White House national security adviser Michael Flynn's resignation.
"There is a broader discussion about how we handle something that is important to make sure that we all fully understand what's occurred, and it's not in any way a discussion that says the [Intelligence Committee] is not doing its job," the Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman told reporters.
He added that "it may be that [the committee] is the exact place, but there's a discussion."
Corker's comments come as Senate Republicans express growing concerns about President Trump's relationship with Russia in the wake of Flynn's resignation.
Democrats are using the resignation to double down on their push for an independent probe, including calling on Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits McCabe wins back full FBI pension after being fired under Trump Overnight Hillicon Valley — Apple issues security update against spyware vulnerability MORE to recuse himself from any potential criminal investigation.
Corker stopped short of backing an independent commission on Wednesday, but added that GOP senators are "mulling" the best path.
"I don't know what we're mulling toward," he told reporters, "but hopefully there will be some consolidation in the next few days."
No Republican has backed the push for an independent commission, and the Senate's top two Republicans — Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellFixing Congress requires fixing how it legislates McConnell: GOP should focus on future, not 'rehash' 2020 Hoyer: Democrats 'committed' to Oct. 31 timeline for Biden's agenda MORE (Ky.) and John CornynJohn CornynCornyn raises more than M for Senate GOP Is the Biden administration afraid of trade? The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - After high drama, Senate lifts debt limit MORE (Texas) — both signaled this week that they continue to support the Intelligence Committee's probe.
Corker pushed back against questions about if he was specifically pressing to expand the Senate's investigation beyond the Intelligence Committee, but noted that the unfolding concerns about Russia have many "tentacles."
"I'm not saying it should broaden out beyond Intelligence," he said. "I'm telling you I'm not sure we have the most efficient situation right now."
He also brushed off a question about whether Flynn should testify before his committee, a move that would effectively expand the Senate's probe.
"It doesn't matter to me; I'm not in a jurisdictional elbowing mode right now," he said.