James Comey. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

ComeyGate Comes Home: Ferguson Calls for Special Counsel; Reichert Rumored As a Comey Replacement

Both may be long shots at this point.

The firing of James Comey is making some ripples here in the other Washington.

On Thursday morning, state Attorney General Bob Ferguson joined with 19 other attorneys general in calling on Deputy Attorney General Rob Rosenstien to appoint a special counsel to investigate Russian influence in last year’s election. The letter, authored by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, argues the firing of Comey greatly compromises the public’s trust in the integrity of the investigation in Russian meddling and a possible coverup by the Trump administration. Comey had requested more resources to investigate Russian meddling shortly before he was fired.

“Only the appointment of an independent special counsel … with full powers and resources, can begin to restore public confidence,” the letter says.

Potentially more impactful—though pure speculation at this point—are rumors that U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert, formerly sheriff of King County, may be appointed to fill Comey’s spot. He’s hardly the only name out there—Rudy Giulliani and Chris Christie have also been floated. A spokeswoman told McClatchy that Reichert hasn’t been contacted for the job, but “has always considered every opportunity to serve our country.” Reichert getting appointed to FBI director would prompt a special election in his District 8.

dperson@seattleweekly.com

More in News & Comment

Protestors gather at SeaTac’s Families Belong Together rally. Photo by Alex Garland
Seattle’s Separated Children

A local non-profit houses several immigrant youths who were separated from their parents at the border. But for how long?

While King County Metro has been testing out several trial electric buses since since 2016, the agency aims to have a fully electric bus fleet by 2040. Photo by SounderBruce/Flickr
King County Rolls on With Its Electric Bus Fleet Plans

With an overhaul set by 2040, a new report shows the economic and health benefits of going electric.

Nikkita Oliver speaks at a July 17 No New Youth Jail press conference in front of the construction site of the King County Youth Detention Center. Photo by Josh Kelety
King County Youth Detention Center Moves Forward Despite Opposition

As community criticism of the project mounts, King County tries to take a middle road.

Trouble in Tacoma

A cannabis producer has been shut down for “numerous and substantial violations.”

Between Seattle’s $15 minimum wage and the new no-poach cause agreement, Washington has been leading the nation in advancing fast food workers’ rights. Photo by Fibonacci Blue/Flickr
Washington AG’s Deal Grants Mobility to Fast Food Workers Nationwide

Seven fast food chains have agreed to end no-poaching policies that economists say cause wage stagnation.

The Carlton Complex wildfire burned in north-central Washington state in 2014. Photo by Jason Kriess/Wikimedia Commons
King County Burn Ban Starts This Weekend

Other counties across the state have already enacted similar restrictions.

Numerous complaints against King County Sheriff’s deputies for issues like excessive force and improper search and seizure weren’t investigated due to internal misclassification, a new report says. Photo by Oran Viriyincy/Flickr
Report Finds Complaints Against King County Sheriff’s Deputies Weren’t Investigated

An outside review says that allegations of excessive force and racially-biased policing weren’t pursued.

Last spring, Sarah Smith (second from left) travelled to Tennessee to meet with other Brand New Congress candidates including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (right). Photo courtesy Brand New Congress
Can Sarah Smith Be Seattle’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?

The 30-year-old democratic socialist is challenging a long-serving incumbent in Washington’s 9th Congressional District.

Most Read