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U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander heralded the U.S. Department of Justice decision Wednesday to tap former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel in the ongoing federal probe into any collusion between Russia and the Trump presidential campaign. 

“During his service as FBI Director for both President Bush and President Obama, Robert Mueller earned a reputation for independence and integrity, which are exactly the qualities needed to pursue the Russia investigation to its conclusion,” said Alexander, R-Tenn., his first call for an independent investigator in the case.

“The bipartisan U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence should also continue its investigation and that should include a public hearing with former FBI Director James Comey sooner rather than later.”

U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Nashville, said he is relieved a special counsel will oversee the investigation and praised the Mueller pick.

“This position isn’t as powerful as an independent counsel but Mueller will be able to investigate better than Congress can,” Cooper said in a statement. “All Americans should hope that Mueller gets all the facts quickly in order to put an end to the continuing scandals.” 

Earlier Wednesday, Cooper joined other Democrats in calling for Comey to testify before Congress.

“More and more Republicans in Congress, from Sen. Corker to Sen. McCain, are realizing the gravity of what is happening at the White House,” Cooper said in a statement. “Congress clearly needs to investigate, and we need to hear from Comey now. Congress must put country before politics and do its job.”

Cooper signed a request sent to the Republican chairmen of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the House Committee on the Judiciary on Wednesday seeking an investigation. Cooper cited a week of controversy in Washington.

In addition to a public hearing with the former director, the letter also called for all of Comey’s memos relating to President Donald Trump and related White House records, including tapes and notes from meetings between the two, be turned over to Congress.

The letter also requests that the Oversight Committee, which Cooper is a member, schedule an immediate vote on whether to subpoena the White House to produce documents it has been withholding.

The letter comes among a string of reports following Comey’s termination, including reports that Trump divulged classified information during an Oval Office meeting with Russian officials and reports that in February Trump asked Comey to shutdown a federal investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. 

Reporter Jordan Buie can be reached at 726-5970 or by email at jbuie@tennessean.com

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A constitutional law professor says Trump could be prosecuted for obstruction of justice for his alleged request to Comey, but that courts would probably conclude that criminal charges cannot be brought against a sitting president.
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