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GOP lawmaker: Mueller should be allowed to follow Russia probe 'wherever it takes him'

GOP lawmaker: Mueller should be allowed to follow Russia probe 'wherever it takes him'
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GOP Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiOvernight Health Care: Supreme Court takes case that could diminish Roe v. Wade | White House to send US-authorized vaccines overseas for first time Manchin, Murkowski call for bipartisan Voting Rights Act reauthorization White House: Biden committed to codifying Roe v. Wade regardless of Miss. case MORE (Alaska) said this week that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE should be allowed to follow his investigation into Russian meddling “wherever it takes him.”

In an interview with the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Murkowski said she “firmly” believes that Trump should not be permitted to “meddle” in the investigation.

“I believe very, very firmly in that. And I think any efforts to thwart that are dangerous,” she said. “If the investigation takes them to an additional turn that needs to be followed, I think this is what we're asking for when we ask for an independent investigation.”

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”That means that the president can't meddle,” she added. “That means that the attorney general can't meddle. That means that the United States Senate can't meddle.”

Murkowski also diverted from Trump’s claims that the probe is a “witch hunt,” and said that she would support legislation intended to protect Mueller from the president.

"I do not subscribe that this is some kind of a witch hunt," she told the paper.

She also praised the FBI’s “serious and significant role” in the investigation, and expressed concern that Trump’s rhetoric attacking the agency is hurting morale among agents.

“I’m worried about the morale of the agency and their ability to do their job and to do their job independent, as I think most of us believe that they should be acting, and not being influenced by the politics of the moment or the administration," she said.