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Blumenthal gives credit to ‘free press’

Speaking to The Washington Post, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) predicted that when Americans look back on this chapter in history, “the heroes here will be an independent judiciary and a free press.”

previously called for a special independent prosecutor to investigate ties between Trump associates and Russian officials. The Justice Department instead decided to appoint a special counsel.

The latest on Trump, Comey and Russia: How key Washington players are reacting

The White House is searching for a new FBI director, after President Trump dismissed James Comey from that post May 9. Since the firing, The Washington Post broke the news Monday that Trump shared highly classified intelligence with Russian officials. And Tuesday, the New York Times reported and other outlets confirmed that Trump asked the FBI to drop its probe into then-national security adviser Michael Flynn and pursue leak cases.