White House calls for end of Russia investigations following Trump's firing Comey: 'It's time to move on'

In the wake of President Trump firing FBI director James Comey, who was heading a Bureau probe into the Trump campaign's ties to Russia, a White House official has now called for those investigations to end.

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Speaking with Tucker Carlson on FOX News Tuesday night, Principal Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that it's "time to move on" from looking into the president's possible Kremlin connections.

"It's time to move on," said Sanders, "frankly, it's time to focus on the things the American people care about."

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But does anyone seriously believe @realDonaldTrump fired the top person investigating his ties to Russia because he was unfair to Hillary?
Trump firing Comey shows how frightened the Admin is over Russia investigation
Gov. John Kasich statement on James Comey https://t.co/Wrwj6sGqnz
Removal of Director Comey only confirms need for select cmte to investigate #Russia's interference in 2016 election https://t.co/LfKlwSw6iQ
EVERYONE who cares about independence & rule of law in America should be "troubled by the timing and reasoning" of… https://t.co/NZY4qh3uiz
This is Nixonian. Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein must immediately appoint a special prosecutor to continue the Trump/Russia investigation.
Firing of Comey tainted by extraordinary conflict of interest. Independent prosecutor must be appointed to restore… https://t.co/lXBIJtTf18
First Pres Trump fired Sally Yates, then Preet Bharara. Now #Comey. Doesn't seem like an accident. We must have a special prosecutor.
If we don't get a special prosecutor, every American will rightfully suspect that the decision to fire #Comey was part of a cover-up.
We are in a full-fledged constitutional crisis.
Comey's fired, which means Trump must be one of the few people in DC that the FBI doesn't have something on.
My statement on James Comey https://t.co/NWBR8FGTCf
Elijah Cummings is calling for "immediate emergency hearings". https://t.co/iMsNmdPmHi
LEAHY: "This is nothing less than Nixonian." https://t.co/n4R4fWSgib
Sen. John McCain on Comey firing: "I regret that that took place. The president does have that authority, so I resp… https://t.co/pSEu3XXsj5
Statement on FBI Director Comey ➡ https://t.co/vB822Nw5OR
This should not be sugar coated. Firing Comey is up there in terms of the scariest things Trump has done.
I am troubled by the timing and reasoning of Director Comey’s termination.
My staff and I are reviewing legislation to establish an independent commission on Russia. The second paragraph of… https://t.co/qcm1PiFkNG
Ds were against Comey before they were for him.
U.S. Senator Susan Collins’ Statement on Director Comey #mepolitics https://t.co/LHCcbPJMsb https://t.co/xNUeGvENlv
Firing Comey has the foul stench of an attempt to stop an ongoing investigation into collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians.
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"It's been going on for nearly a year. Frankly, it's kind of getting absurd. There's nothing there. We've heard it time and time again. We heard it in the testimonies earlier this week. We've heard it for the last 11 months. There is no 'there' there. It's time to move on, and frankly, it's time to focus on things the American people care about."

Sanders reiterated her stance on "Morning Joe" Wednesday when asked if Russian investigations will continue. "I know that person after person, including your own Joe Scarborough, have said there's no evidence of collusion here. They've been pushing on this for months."

"I've got to interrupt. I said there's no obvious evidence FBI collusion out there right now and if there were that obvious evidence and collusion it would have already been leaked by now," said host Joe Scarborough. "I also think there has to be an in depth investigation because it may take, I think probably an independent prosecutor to figure out the financial ties between Donald Trump and Russia," he said.

Fellow host Mika Brzezinski added, saying to Sanders, "You're actually not telling the truth right now."

Sander's comments come as multiple members of Congress, both Republicans and Democrats, call not only for the investigation to continue, but in light of Comey's firing, for a special prosecutor to be assigned to the investigation.

"I have long called for a special congressional committee to investigate Russia's interference in the 2016 election," said Republican Senator John McCain in a statement on Tuesday. "The president's decision to remove the FBI Director only confirms the need and the urgency of such a committee."

Republican Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan echoed McCain's call for a private investigation saying he and his staff are currently, "reviewing legislation to establish an independent commission on Russia." Amash also called the second paragraph of President Trump's letter firing Comey "bizarre."

Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer urged Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Tuesday that if he "does not appoint an independent special prosecutor, every American will rightly suspect that the decision to fire Director Comey was part of a cover-up."

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