Trump Pressured Top Senate Republicans To End Russia Probes

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Sen. Burr is the head of the powerful Senate Intelligence Committee.

Trump's campaign and several of its associates have reportedly begun handing over documents to the Senate Judiciary Committee for its probe into Russia's election interference.

Flynn is a central figure in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, and is thought to be cooperating with Mueller. The official reason given for Comey's dismissal was his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server, but the president later seemed to confirm the firing was in direct relation to Comey's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Trump during the summer reportedly spoke to lawmakers directly involved in ongoing congressional inquiries on the matter.

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Among others attending were Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, now a senior White House adviser; Trump's then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort; and lobbyist and former Soviet counterintelligence officer Rinat Akhmetshin.

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller was appointed by the Justice Department in May to oversee an investigation into potential coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

Burr told the Times that he did not feel pressured by the president's request, dismissing the behavior as coming from someone who has "never been in government".

"It was something along the lines of, 'I hope you can conclude this as quickly as possible, '" Mr. Burr said.

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According to an unnamed Republican close to Burr, Trump was "very forceful" in his admonitions, The Times' Jonathan Martin, Maggie Haberman, and Alex Burns wrote. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrThe Hill's Whip List: Where Republicans stand on Senate tax bill Congress poised to jam through reauthorization of mass surveillance Congress must vote for public health protection and reject the nomination of Dourson to EPA post MORE (R-N.C.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP Senate "no" votes float tax-reform fix Women, Dems leading sexual harassment discussion in Congress: analysis FreedomWatch sues to remove Mueller MORE (R-Ky.) and Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, expressed his frustration that Republicans were not doing enough to "lift the cloud of suspicion over Russia", The Times said.

Trump reached out to top GOP lawmakers, including Sen. Trump made a similar request to him in a phone call, Comey said. Flynn, who was ousted from his post in February, was under investigation by the FBI over his potential ties to Russian Federation. Trump said the decision had taken "great pressure" off of him.

"Pressuring senators to end an investigation that impacts him & those close to him could be further evidence of obstruction of justice by the President", wrote Noah Bookbinder‏, an attorney who co-wrote the report with Eisen, on Thursday. It was not immediately clear whether Mueller was aware of Trump's Russia-related discussions with members of Congress.

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