President Donald Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey in the midst of the bureau’s investigation into his associates and campaign has contributed to “a crisis of public trust” that dates back decades, Sen. Ben Sasse said Monday morning.
Sasse (R-Neb.), in an interview Monday with “CBS This Morning,” called Comey “a fundamentally honorable man” whose actions during the 2016 election can nonetheless be fairly debated. But the FBI director, who Trump admitted last week he fired with the Russia investigation weighing on his mind, “is not supposed to be in a political chain of command and that’s the appearance of this situation and it’s timing,” Sasse said.
A handful of the Nebraska lawmaker’s GOP colleagues have called for the next FBI director to be an apolitical figure, an individual who would erase any doubt of partisanship at the bureau. In his Monday morning interview, Sasse agreed.
“I think we have a crisis of public trust right now and we need to restore that. The FBI’s a really special institution, and the American people need to know they can believe in it,” the senator said. “The FBI director has a 10-year term for a reason, because it’s supposed to be insulated from politics. I want to restore the rule of law but also the institutional conventions around that so there’s more trust.”
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