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Sen. Corker says he’s ‘looking forward’ to learning more about special counsel
Corker listens at a meeting at the White House on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) made headlines earlier this week when he became one of the few conservative lawmakers willing to make critical statements about the chaotic news coming out of the White House.

“Obviously, they are in a downward spiral right now and have got to figure out a way to come to grips with all that’s happening,” Corker told reporters after The Washington Post reported that President Trump shared highly classified information with Russian officials. “And the shame of it is, there’s a really good national security team in place.”

Corker also said, “The chaos that is being created by the lack of discipline is creating an environment that I think makes — it creates a worrisome environment.”

Two days later, Corker, the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, didn’t explicitly embrace news of a special prosecutor but did express a desire to learn more about the Justice Department’s decision.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Robert Mueller to the job of special counsel, is scheduled to meet with the Senate in a closed-door session on Thursday.

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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.