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Dem senator: We've entered a 'new phase' in Mueller investigation

Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyGun violence prevention groups optimistic background check legislation can pass this Congress Democrats reintroduce gun sale background check legislation Amazon manager sues company over racial discrimination, harassment allegations MORE (D-Conn.) said Sunday that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE's investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia has moved into a "new phase" after new documents were released to the public.

Murphy suggested the new phase is headed toward impeachment, comparing President TrumpDonald TrumpSouth Carolina Senate adds firing squad as alternative execution method Ex-Trump aide Pierson won't run for Dallas-area House seat House Oversight panel reissues subpoena for Trump's accounting firm MORE to former Presidents Clinton and Nixon. 

"We have reached a new level in the investigation. The special counsel is starting to show his cards and these are very serious allegations," Murphy told ABC's "This Week."

"This is a president who's now named as an unindicted co-conspirator," Murphy said, referring to a filing in the case of Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen that implicates Trump in directing Cohen on illegal campaign contributions. "The allegation is that he committed at least two felonies to try to manipulate the 2016 election."

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Murphy added that it is important that Congress has "all of the facts."

"I think you are beyond the stage that led to impeachment proceedings against President Clinton," Murphy said. "I still think it's important for Congress to get all of the underlying facts and data and evidence that the special counsel has before we make that determination."

Murphy said that's why Congress needs Mueller's report "as soon as possible."

"We certainly have moved into a new phase," Murphy added. "The president has now stepped into the same territory that ultimately led President Nixon to resign the office. President Nixon was an unindicted co-conspirator."

"Certainly a different set of facts, but this investigation is now starting to put the president in serious legal crosshairs," he added.

On Friday, Mueller released a heavily redacted filing that detailed the special counsel's claim that former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortProsecutors drop effort to seize three Manafort properties after Trump pardon FBI offers 0K reward for Russian figure Kilimnik New York court rules Manafort can't be prosecuted by Manhattan DA MORE violated his plea agreement by lying to federal prosecutors.  

Federal prosecutors in New York also said Friday that Cohen was directed by the president to pay off two women who claimed to have had affairs with Trump in order to prevent negative press coverage, violating campaign finance law in the process.