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Republican Jason Chaffetz of Utah, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said Mueller was a "great selection".

In a tweet Wednesday afternoon, Chaffetz wrote that they noticed the hearing for 9:30 am next Wednesday.

However, he said he still has to get confirmation from Comey because he "evidently has a new #". Tuesday's episode centered around allegations in a memo that U.S. President Donald Trump had asked former FBI director James Comey to close his investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn over Russian Federation links.

"I don't see how Trump isn't completely f*cked", said one senior official to The Daily Beast on Tuesday, referring to Comey's announcement that he has kept notes of his conversations with Pres. Trump regarding requests Trump made asking Comey to back off on the investigation of retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.

Interest was hardly limited to the U.S. No less a commentator than Russia's Vladimir Putin called the dramatic charges swirling around Trump evidence of "political schizophrenia spreading in the U.S".

FILE - In this February 1, 2017 file photo, National Security Adviser Michael Flynn speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House, in Washington.

Flynn was forced to resign one day before the conversation between Comey and Trump, after it was revealed that Flynn lied to Vice President Mike Pence about connections he had with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

Trump said on Wednesday that the trip was about meeting "partners who help us, who don't just take and take and take" - a comment that may alienate countries like Canada and Mexico which Trump did not choose to visit first.

Kasich said he didn't want to jump to any conclusions, adding that if the report is true, the president is "in bigger trouble than losing his security clearance".

"The appointment of former FBI director and respected lawyer Robert Mueller as special counsel for the Russian Federation investigation is a positive development and will provide some certainty for the American people that the investigation will proceed fairly and free of political influence", Senator Richard Burr said and Mark Warner, chairman and ranking member of Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said. Warner said his he couldn't think of a "single Republican colleague" he has spoken with who, at least in private, hasn't expressed genuine concern over the reported Comey memo. The congressman claimed the Comey memo qualified as "hearsay", and that therefore it is inadmissible.

"The disclosure of highly classified information has the potential to jeopardize sources and to discourage our allies from sharing future information vital to our security", Sen. Charles Krauthammer, a political commentator and regular panelist on Special Report said the Republican party's reluctance to talk was understandable. The FBI's counterterror mission was elevated in those years, as the US intelligence agencies adjusted to better position America to prevent another attack of such magnitude.

U.S. Republican Senator Marco Rubio was unimpressed with Putin's offer and alluded to alleged Russian hacking of Democratic groups during the U.S. presidential election.

McClatchy's D.C. bureau reported on Wednesday that Flynn advised his predecessor, Susan Rice, to "hold off" on a plan to use Kurdish forces in Syria in an offensive to capture ISIS's capital, Raqqa.