Maine Sen. Angus King wants to hire former FBI Director Jim Comey to lead an independent investigation into any ties between Trump advisers and the Russian government.
“I’m going to urge my Republican colleagues to join some kind of effort to create a special prosecutor position, because, as I say, it just keeps going on,” King, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said in an interview on CNN’s “New Day.”
“I think our committee, the intelligence committee, ought to hire James Comey to direct our investigation. Already got his clearances, knows the subject, man of integrity. I’m going to float that today and see what kind of reaction I get,” he continued.
President Trump’s sudden decision to fire Comey was widely criticized by Democrats and some Republicans. Most did not buy the White House’s rationale that Comey was fired for mishandling the Hillary Clinton email investigation. Instead, Comey’s investigation of Trump associates’ possible ties to the Russian government is considered the main reason for Trump’s decision.
In his letter to Comey, Trump referred to the Russia investigation, writing that Comey had told him on three occasions that he was not the target of the probe.
The firing has already led to calls from lawmakers for a special prosecutor. In addition to the FBI investigation, the Senate Intelligence Committee and House Intelligence Committee are investigating Russian meddling in the election, including whether any Trump associates were involved.
— New Day (@NewDay) May 10, 2017
Correction: Angus King is a senator from Maine.