Cory Gardner
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Sen. Cory Gardner, a Yuma native, became U.S. senator in 2015.

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Robert Mueller’s investigation is “going to continue, and it should continue,” U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., said Sunday on “Meet the Press.”

Chuck Todd, host of the NBC show, asked about Mueller’s probe into any Russian involvement in Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and other matters, and whether Congress needs to protect the investigation.

Some Democrats fear that Trump will try to end or scale back Mueller’s probe now that the president has forced out U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and named Matthew Whitaker — who has criticized the probe — as interim attorney general, placing him over the investigation.

“I support the Mueller investigation,” said Gardner, chairman of the National Republican Senate Committee.

“I know I’ve heard (Senate Majority Leader Mitch) McConnell say he supports the Mueller investigation. It’s important for the American people. It’s important that we have this for transparency. And I think it’s important for the president to have this information out there fully, transparently and accurately.”

In a transcript provided by NBC , Todd then asked Gardner: “Does it need protection legislatively, though?

Do you need to do that in the Senate?”

Gardner replied: “… Mueller is not going to be stopped. It’s going to continue, and it should continue.”

“All right, but you didn’t say whether it was necessary in the Senate,” Todd said, to which Gardner responded:

“If it continues … why protect something that’s actually continuing?”

Managing Editor, Colorado Politics

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