Independent senator: Comey could lead Senate investigation on Trump-Russia ties

Sen. Angus KingAngus KingElection hacking fears turn heat on Homeland Security Zinke hits Dems for delaying Interior nominees Angus King: I’m sure Flynn will 'appear before the committee one way or another' MORE (I-Maine) in an interview early Wednesday suggested that ousted FBI Director James Comey could lead the Senate's investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the presidential election.

“I had a fun idea in the middle of the night,” King told CNN’s “New Day.” "The Intelligence Committee ought to hire James Comey to direct our investigation. He's 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.

“He’s a free man as of today; he doesn’t have a job.”

King, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, also questioned Attorney General Jeff SessionsJeff SessionsMcCaskill attended reception at Russian ambassador's residence in 2015 Sessions: Supreme Court travel ban order a victory for separation of powers Russia recalling ambassador at center of Trump campaign controversy: report MORE’s involvement with Comey’s firing.

President Trump fired the FBI director Tuesday afternoon based on the recommendation of Sessions and the attorney general's deputy, Rod Rosenstein, White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters.

“What is Jeff Sessions doing involved in this?” King asked. “He said he’s going to have nothing to do with the Russia investigation in any shape or form, directly or indirectly, and yet he is involved in firing the guy who is leading the investigation for the FBI.”

King also criticized the timing of Trump’s decision to remove Comey as the head of the bureau.

“They supposedly … fired James Comey for stuff that he did last summer or last fall, and suddenly now they say, well, ‘He’s got to go,’ ” King said. “The timing just doesn’t pass the straight-face test in terms of what’s the real motivation for this,” he added.