Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., said he doesn't think President Donald Trump asked former FBI Director James Comey to drop the agency's investigation into the president's former national security adviser Michael Flynn, Townhall reported Friday.
"I don't think he ordered him to do it," Franken told CNBC's "Squawk Box."
At the same time, Franken said he was hopeful special counsel Robert Mueller, a former FBI director, would unearth answers in his investigation into the issue.
"I trust — everyone in Washington trusts — (Mueller) to make the determination about whether these are crimes, and obstruction of justice is a crime," Franken said.
Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general, was fired as national security adviser in February following reports he had discussions with Russian diplomats prior to Trump's inauguration. The president fired Comey in early May, saying, "Regardless of recommendation, I was going to fire him," referencing a report by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein recommending the FBI director be fired for mishandling the email investigation into former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton.
Mueller's Department of Justice probe will also investigate whether Russia meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign. Franken said he just wanted answers.
"I want the truth," Franken said. "I want to find out what everyone wants to find out."
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