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That’s right. It is comparable. Cassian a wide net. More from Jon Karl. Jon, that’s the Mueller investigation. New reports that the president trying to curtail the congressional investigations indo the Russian collusion. Reporter: Yeah, “The New York Times” reports on several Republican senators who have been contacted directly by the president and asked to end those congressional investigations. Some of those Republican senators are on the record including Richard burr who is the chairman of the senate intelligence committee. “The times” writes Mr. Bur said Mr. Trump was not fully aware of the impropriety of his request because the president still has the mind-set of a businessman rather than a politician and bur tells “The times,” quote, businessmen are paid to skip things they think they can skip and get away with but that is it a highly unusual thing for the president of the United States to call members of congress, key members of congress and tell them to stop investigating him. Meanwhile, Jon, it had been full speed ahead for the president’s tax bill in the national yesterday when all of a sudden it hit a snag late in the day over costs. Reporter: Yeah, really extraordinary scene in the senate where they were actually negotiating details on the senate floor. The question is whether or not the tax cuts can be scaled back if the deficit turns out to be higher than anticipated. Looks like that provision will no longer be in the bill. That could cost them some votes but I have to tell you, George, although it was quite a scramble last night here at the white house and among the Republican leaders on capitol hill, they are confident that this still will pass the senate. May take some time but they are still confident. Meanwhile, a lot happening at the white house yesterday including new pressure on president trump’s secretary of state, Rex tillerson from the white house itself. Reporter: Yeah, that’s right. There are reports tillerson is on the way out. The president was asked by Cecilia Vega about that and his only answer was Rex is here. Meaning here in the white house and, in fact, he was. But I am told this is a matter of time. It may be two weeks, it could be two months. But everybody knows where this is heading and is heading towards Rex tillerson ultimately leave the state department. Big shake-up diplomatically. More on that from our chief global affairs anchor Martha Raddatz. No…

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