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

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