Dem senator: Mueller needs to finish probe if FBI believed Trump might be working for Russia

Dem senator: Mueller needs to finish probe if FBI believed Trump might be working for Russia
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Sen. Christopher CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsMenendez, Rubio lead Senate effort to regulate Venezuelan sanctions Dem report questions State Dept. decision to revoke award to Trump critic Senate Dem calls on Trump to apologize for attacks on McCain MORE (D-Del.) said Sunday that a report that the FBI launched an investigation into the possibility that President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Dems demand Barr cancel 'inappropriate' press conference on Mueller report DOJ plans to release 'lightly redacted' version of Mueller report Thursday: WaPo Nadler accuses Barr of 'unprecedented steps' to 'spin' Mueller report MORE was working for Russia is "alarming" and highlights the need for special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE to conduct his own probe without interference.

"It suggests to me that the Mueller investigation needs to continue to its logical conclusion," Coons said on "Fox News Sunday."

The Democrat was asked about a bombshell New York Times report that said the FBI launched an inquiry into whether Trump was working for Russia after the president fired former bureau chief James ComeyJames Brien ComeyWashington in frenzy over release of Mueller report Ten post-Mueller questions that could turn the tables on Russia collusion investigators GOP senators double down on demand for Clinton email probe documents MORE.

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Coons went on to raise concerns over Trump's "steadfast refusal" to accept the U.S. intelligence community's assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 election, and Trump's repeated calls for closer relations between the U.S. and Moscow.

According to the Times, Comey's firing caused such concern among law enforcement that officials began probing whether Trump was a threat to national security or secretly carrying out anti-American agendas on behalf of Russian officials.

Comey's firing led to Mueller's appointment to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election. That investigation has thus far implicated five former Trump associates and more than 20 Russian nationals.

The Mueller investigation is likely to be at the center of confirmation hearings this week for attorney general nominee William Barr.

Coons, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he's "keeping an open mind" on Barr's nomination, but said he's hoping for a "firm commitment" that the nominee will not allow any type of interference in Mueller's investigation.