Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove, said he supported the firing of James Comey for misconduct during his time as head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation on May 11 and expressed the need for an independent prosecutor to resume the investigation into the alleged ties between Russia and President Donald Trump’s election team.
“I strongly support President (Donald) Trump’s decision to fire James Comey for gross misconduct during his tenure and only wish he had done so on Jan. 20,” McClintock said in a prepared statement. “Because of the highly politicized circumstances involving the Russia inquiry, I think an independent prosecutor would be advisable to place the inquiry above reproach.”
Comey was sacked as the director of the FBI on May 9, less than two months after he confirmed the FBI was investigating a connection between the Trump campaign and Russia. Comey requested additional resources for the probe in the days leading up to his dismissal.
A letter from Trump said it was essential to find new leadership for the bureau to restore public trust and confidence. The action was recommended by the attorney general and the deputy attorney general.
Initial reactions seem to reflect disparity on the subject. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said appointing a special prosecutor would be a bad idea. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said she might use a parliamentary maneuver to force a vote on a bill that would create an independent panel to investigate the ties.
In addition to the Russia connection, McClintock re-quested the use of an independent prosecutor to check into other issues that were “swept under the rug” during Barack Obama’s administration.
Areas McClintock said are worth probing include the use of the Internal Revenue Service to intimidate the Tea Party; the Hillary Clinton email scandal and the extent of top secret intelligence that was turned over; and the use of the national security adviser to spy on political opponents.