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Reflection In Window Of Viral Photo Sparks Questions (Photo)

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A photo of three senators outside of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., didn't just spark jokes and caption contests, but also prompted questions regarding one particularly strange thing about the shot -- the face or figure lurking in the window behind them.

The picture showed Sens. Ben Sasse and Chuck Schumer chatting with colleagues outside the U.S. Capitol. Sasse was wearing gym shorts and a T-shirt, while Schumer wore a suit. The amusing photo prompted Sasse, a Republican from Nebraska, to quip on Twitter that it looked like the two were "smoking reefer outside a wedding."

"Well, that escalated quickly," Schumer, a Democrat from New York, replied. 

The photo quickly went viral, with some pointing out that the reflection in the window behind the senators looked like a ghost or a strange object watching them.

"But what monsters are they hiding?!" one Twitter user questioned. 

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Despite the creepy figure in the background, the photo became an internet sensation -- with Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, a former presidential candidate, even joking about what his colleagues were discussing.

"So anyway, it's a romper for guys and it's called the RompHim and I just ordered two," Cruz tweeted, referring to a romper for men that made headlines across social media that week, reports Mashable.

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Elsewhere in Washington, D.C., President Donald Trump continued to create controversy surrounding his alleged ties to Russia and the ongoing investigation into the matter. 

A report in The New York Times released following the appointment of a special prosecutor to handle the case detailed the events that followed Trump's inauguration involving now-former FBI Director James Comey. Trump recently fired Comey. 

The publication reported that Trump called Comey weeks after taking office to ask him when it would be announced that he was not personally under investigation for collusion with the Russians. Comey reportedly responded that he should not talk with the president directly, as he was leading the investigation, and instead follow proper procedure and direct inquiries to the Justice Department. 

The call followed weeks of interactions the two had at Trump's request, which Comey allegedly felt jeopardized the independence of the FBI. The encounters included a dinner in which Trump reportedly asked Comey to pledge his loyalty to him. Another meeting found Trump allegedly asking Comey to end the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. 

The meetings and encounters started two days after Trump's inauguration, during a ceremony at the White House that found Trump specifically calling out Comey in front of the media and embracing him. 

Comey's friend, Benjamin Wittes, told The New York Times that Comey was hoping he wouldn't be singled out by Trump and forced to hug him.

"Comey said that as he was walking across the room he was determined that there wasn't going to be a hug," Wittes said. "It was bad enough there was going to be a handshake. And Comey has long arms so Comey said he pre-emptively reached out for a handshake and grabbed the president’s hand. But Trump pulled him into an embrace and Comey didn't reciprocate. If you look at the video, it’s one person shaking hands and another hugging."

Sources: Mashable, Free Beacon/Twitter, The New York Times / Photo credit: David Maiolo/Wikimedia Commons, Screenshot via Twitter, Mashable 

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