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 CoonsDemocrats pledge to fight Trump detention policy during trip to border Trump nominees meet fiercest opposition from Warren, Sanders, Gillibrand Senate Democrats skipping Pence's border trip MORE (D-Del.) said Sunday that a report that the FBI launched an investigation into the possibility that President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS-Saudi Arabia policy needs a dose of 'realpolitik' Trump talks to Swedish leader about rapper A$AP Rocky, offers to vouch for his bail Matt Gaetz ahead of Mueller hearing: 'We are going to reelect the president' MORE was working for Russia is "alarming" and highlights the need for special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump 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 ComeyComey pens blog revealing what he would ask Mueller in upcoming testimony FBI's spreadsheet puts a stake through the heart of Steele's dossier Hannity invites Ocasio-Cortez to join prime-time show for full hour 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.