A spokesman for Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) says Garland is an experienced federal prosecutor who oversaw the Oklahoma City bombing investigation and “has the strong bipartisan reputation necessary to restore trust in the FBI.”
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) suggested that instead of appointing a special prosecutor to probe any ties between Russia and President Donald Trump’s team, the White House should nominate former Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland to head the FBI, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. Garland, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, was President Barack Obama’s choice to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court, but Republicans refused to consider his nomination until Obama’s term was up. “Judge Garland is an experienced federal prosecutor who oversaw the [Oklahoma City] bombing investigation,” said Lee spokesman Conn Carroll. “He also has the strong bipartisan reputation necessary to restore trust in the FBI.”
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), tweeted her support for Lee’s suggestion, calling it a “great idea,” but adding that there still needs to be a special prosecutor. Klobuchar clarified that she wasn’t specifically endorsing Garland for the FBI gig, a move that would remove him from the appellate bench and allow Trump to appoint a more conservative judge to the court largely regarded as the second most powerful in the judiciary.