Republican Sen. Mike Lee believes the man blocked from becoming a Supreme Court justice should get a crack at becoming America’s top cop, according to Fox News.
Lee on Thursday tweeted his unexpected pick to be the next FBI director: Judge Merrick Garland.
“Instead of a special prosecutor, @realDonaldTrump should nominate Merrick Garland to replace James Comey,” Lee wrote.
Comey was fired by Trump on Tuesday evening, and Andrew McCabe has been filling in as acting FBI director, though McCabe’s ascension to a permanent spot leading the FBI is widely dismissed by most observers.
“I would imagine that this might be a post that might interest [Garland] and it might be a post that he could serve in very effectively,” Lee told “America’s Newsroom” on Thursday.
Garland, the chief judge of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, was, most recently, former President Barack Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court seat vacated when Judge Antonin Scalia died in February 2016. But Garland never received a hearing or a vote, his nomination slow-walked by Senate Republicans who argued a justice should be nominated by whoever won the upcoming 2016 presidential election. Trump won, and nominated and saw confirmed Justice Neil Gorsuch. Read more at Fox News.