From left to right and back again, all 10 Minnesotans in Congress, including Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, gatherered Tuesday in the taxidermy-spangled office of Democratic Rep. Collin Peterson, the dean of the delegation. The group gathers occasionally on a bipartisan basis, and the occasion this week was a luncheon-discussion of the new 113th Congress.
From front left (spatial, not political): Michele Bachmann (R), Betty McCollum (D), Peterson (D), Klobuchar (D), Franken (D), Keith Ellison (D). From back left: Tim Walz (D), John Kline (R), Rick Nolan (D), Erik Paulsen (R).
Rep. Erik Paulsen called for an independent investigation into Russia's interference in the presidential election following President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey, going further than many GOP lawmakers in the aftermath of a move that has roiled the Capitol over the last day.