Leading Republican Makes Unusual Suggestion for Who Should be Next FBI Director

politics
May 11, 2017

After President Trump’s firing of embattled FBI Director James Comey, many Democrats accused Trump of obstructing an investigation into his alleged collusion with Russia.

But now leading Republican senator Mike Lee of Utah is making a suggestion that might confuse them, as well as his own colleagues.

According to ABC News, Lee suggested to the White House that Merrick Garland could be a good next director.

Who is Garland? He’s Obama’s Supreme Court Justice pick — someone Democrats fought hard for and Republicans fought hard against.

After Trump became president, Neil Gorsuch got the seat instead.

But Lee says that Garland, a D.C. Court of Appeals judge, is worthy of consideration.

Lee told Fox News, “I suspect the White House might I think it has some advantages to it. As you point out, this is someone who has a lot of bonafides as a prosecutor — he’s a prosecutor’s prosecutor, and he’s someone who’s got likely allies as a potential FBI director nominee in both political parties.”

He also said on Thursday, “I would imagine that this might be a post that might interest [Garland], and it might be a post that he could serve in very effectively.”

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