Sen. Blumenthal To Oppose FBI Nominee Until Special Prosecutor Appointed In Russia Probe

May 15, 2017

Democratic U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal won’t vote to approve a new FBI director until a special prosecutor is appointed to investigate alleged Russian interference in the presidential election.

"I will oppose any FBI director nominee until a special prosecutor is appointed," Blumenthal told reporters Monday, adding that that a special prosecutor would guarantee that the investigation would be independent and impartial.

Some Senate Republicans have taken the opposite position, as has President Donald Trump's spokesman, Sean Spicer.

"There's frankly no need for a special prosecutor," Spicer said Monday. "We've discussed this before. We have two Senate committees that are looking into this. The FBI is conducting their own review."

Also Monday, the president said he's moving quickly to fill Comey's position.