The Independent Senator from Maine, Angus King, told CNN Wednesday morning that he thought James Comey should lead the Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russia’s election interference. James Comey was just fired Tuesday night by President Trump as the Director of the FBI. King was being interviewed by CNN’s Chris Cuomo on the morning show “New Day.” He said to Cuomo, “I had a fun idea in the middle of the night. I think our intelligence committee ought to hire James Comey to direct our investigation. Already has his clearances, knows the subject, man of integrity. I’m going to float that idea today and see what kind of reaction I get.”
A startled Cuomo asked, “Would that be allowed?”
“I don’t know why not,” King replied. “He’s a free man as of today. He doesn’t have a job.” King said that he was planning on floating the “fun idea” proposal on Wednesday to “see what kind of reaction I get.”
Angus King has joined many of his colleagues in the House and Senate who are calling for the Deputy Attorney, Rod Rosenstein, to appoint a special counsel that would oversee the FBI’s investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign team and Russia during the 2016 election. Comey was leading this FBI investigation when he was fired. King said, “If they don’t have anything to hide, they ought to be cooperating with and helping with this. This issue is going to dog them for years. It’s going to keep being a dark cloud over whatever they do. So I’m going to urge my colleagues to create a special prosecutor position. Otherwise, it will just keep going on.” Senator Mark Warner, the vice-chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said that Trump’s “actions today make it clear to me that a special counsel must be appointed.” He called Trump’s decision to fire Comey “shocking” and “deeply disturbing” and challenged that appointing a special counsel was “the only way the American people will be able to trust the results of any DOJ investigation.”
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Republican Senator, Richard Burr, who is chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, didn’t join in the call for a special counsel but said he was “troubled by the timing and reasoning” of Comey’s termination. Burr added that Comey’s firing “further confuses an already difficult investigation by the Committee” into Trump’s Russia ties.
So what do you think about Senator Angus King’s “fun idea” to hire James Comey to direct their investigation?