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 CoonsTrump got in Dem’s face over abortion at private meeting: report Live coverage: Trump delivers State of the Union Actor Chris Evans meets with Democratic senators before State of the Union MORE (D-Del.) said Sunday that a report that the FBI launched an investigation into the possibility that President TrumpDonald John TrumpBill Kristol resurfaces video of Pence calling Obama executive action on immigration a 'profound mistake' ACLU says planned national emergency declaration is 'clear abuse of presidential power' O'Rourke says he'd 'absolutely' take down border wall near El Paso if he could 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 ComeyMcCabe book: Trump pushed back on officials using Putin claim that North Korea couldn't fire long-range missiles Graham seeks new Rosenstein testimony after explosive McCabe interview Senate confirms Trump pick William Barr as new attorney general 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.