An independent investigation is needed into Russian involvement in last year's presidential election and Russian interactions with President Donald Trump's campaign and transition team, New Jersey's two Democratic senators said Wednesday as fallout from the firing of the national security adviser Michael Flynn roiled the Capitol.

"The very integrity of our systems is at stake," said Bob Menendez, a Democrat from Paramus and a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He said Congress not only needs to understand who Flynn contacted, and whether he was instructed to do so by someone else, but also whether it affected the election and would impact efforts to get Russia to leave Crimea and stop battles in eastern Ukraine.

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