Blumenthal: Comey Firing ‘May Well Produce Impeachment Proceedings’

By Susan Jones | May 11, 2017 | 7:17 AM EDT

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) is interviewed by CNN's Anderson Cooper on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. (Screen grab from CNN)

( – President Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey “is a looming constitutional crisis” that may lead to impeachment, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) told CNN’s Anderson Cooper Wednesday night.

“It is a looming constitutional crisis because it involves a potential confrontation as did Watergate between the president and other branches of government…It may well produce impeachment proceedings although we're very far from that possibility, and right now the president has not been charged, and there is an investigation under way, which should be given the kind of integrity and independence that it deserves.”

Blumenthal, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said the reasons outlined for Comey’s firing – the way he handled the Hillary Clinton email investigation – are a “ludicrous pretense for this action.”

Blumenthal noted that he criticized some of Comey’s actions regarding the Clinton probe: “But still, as critical as I was, I did not consider it a reason to fire him then, and ten months afterward, Donald Trump actually expressed his faith in director Comey. 

“So the timing and the time line make no sense here. What makes more sense is that he saw the investigation ongoing and even expanding with a request for more resources.”

Comey reportedly asked Congress on Monday for more money and resources to expand his investigation into alleged coordination between Trump associates and Russia.

Blumenthal said the question is, “Why now? Why this firing? What is behind it? And that’s
what we need to know in the Senate of the United States, and that's why I've called for a special prosecutor to make sure that this investigation is above politics, no one is above the law.” 

Blumenthal said no congressional committee has enough resources to conduct this “broad, wide-ranging investigation.”

“Here we have a massive attack on our democratic institutions by the Russians and the possibility -- I don't want to overstate it -- that Trump associates were colluding or involved in it. And that is a crime that must be investigated, the Russian attack and hacking into our system. And that's why Director Comey apparently went for more resources. The resources are essential.”

President Trump used his Twitter account to blast Blumenthal on Wednesday, after watching the senator on television. (See Trump’s tweets below)

Asked to respond, Blumenthal told CNN’s Anderson Cooper, “This issue is not about me. It is about the integrity of our justice system and this kind of distraction certainly won't silence me and my call for a special independent prosecutor.”