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Senator Whitehouse addresses special counsel

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By Chloe Leshner

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PROVIDENCE -- Senator Whitehouse sharing his thoughts on the new special counsel investigating Russian interference. The senator speaking on camera today for the first time since the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller.

Senator Whitehouse said he thinks Robert Mueller will be able to conduct an efficient investigation but believes there are some logistics to sort out. With the appointment of a special counsel there are now multiple investigations in Washington focused on possible Russian interference. Whitehouse plays a big part of one of those probes.

"We have issues with the respect to the internal protections that are in place to defend the 2018 election," says Whitehouse.

He met with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Thursday who appointed the special counsel former FBI Director Robert Mueller.

"I think he has the judgment to sort out among the hundreds of questions that could be looked into," says Whitehouse.

The senator says his top concern now is what he calls "air traffic control," he wants to ensure Mueller and his joint committee aren't wasting time by covering the same ground or getting in each others way.

"We do have to have a little bit of a pause while we determine what the scope of his investigation is going to be," he says.

President Trump is fervently denying that his campaign collaborated with Russia or that he tried to kill an FBI probe of the issue. He's called it "a witch hunt."

Whitehouse says there needs to be a closer look at Trump's motivations behind the firing of FBI Director James Comey.

"It's impossible for me to believe that he has any sincere interest in the rights of Hillary Clinton to be treated fairly," says Whitehouse.

He also said Comey has been invited to testify in front of his committee and that he thinks at some point he should.

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