President Donald Trump’s abrupt firing of FBI director James Comey Tuesday triggered doubts about whether the agency’s investigation into his administration’s ties to Russia and Russian influence in the election would continue.
Sen. Angus King (I-Maine), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is conducting its own probe into the matter, already had someone in mind Wednesday for the position: Comey himself.
“Now, I had a fun idea in the middle of the night,” King said on CNN. “I think our committee, the Intelligence Committee, should 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.”
Host Chris Cuomo asked King if that would be allowed.
“I don’t know why not,” he said. “He’s a free man as of today. Doesn’t have a job.”
The White House claimed Trump fired Comey because he was dissatisfied at the FBI director’s handling of former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s private emails. Comey is the third person Trump has suddenly fired who was reportedly investigating him, after former acting attorney general Sally Yates and U.S. attorney Preet Bharara.