Mueller to ask Congress to step back Russia investigations: report

Mueller to ask Congress to step back Russia investigations: report
© Greg Nash

Robert Mueller, the newly appointed special counsel in the investigation into Russia, will likely ask the multiple congressional investigations to curtail their public hearings in order to proceed with his own investigation, according to a Thursday New York Times report.

Five different Senate and House committees also have ongoing investigations into whether Russia interfered in the presidential election and possibly colluded with President Trump campaign aides.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Mueller Wednesday night, about a week after Trump abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey.

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Comey's dismissal raised questions about the timing and motives as the agency continued its probe into Russian ties to Trump.

The New York Times reported earlier this week that Trump asked Comey in February to drop his investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn and his ties to the Kremlin.

Comey reportedly kept a paper trail to document what he perceived to be the president's improper attempts to influence his investigation.

Rosenstein met with lawmakers Thursday afternoon in a closed-door meeting to discuss the recent turn of events.

Democratic lawmakers — Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire McCaskillMattis rips Pentagon officials for M wasted on Afghanistan camouflage Pentagon to address M spent on untested Afghan camouflage: report Federal Election Commission must not shy away from Russia probe MORE (D-Mo.) and Sen. Dick DurbinDick DurbinSenate Dem: We’re trying to block a recess appointment to replace Sessions Senate Dems launch talkathon ahead of ObamaCare repeal vote Top Dem: Trump’s voter fraud commission will accomplish what Putin wants MORE (D-Ill.) — said Thursday Rosenstein acknowledged that he knew the president’s plans to fire Comey a day before he publicly announced the dismissal.