The sudden firing of FBI Director James Comey was made by a "deeply insecure president," Sen. Tim Kaine told ABC News' "Good Morning America" on Wednesday.
Kaine, who was Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's running mate in the 2016 presidential election, said that the dismissal "shows that we have a deeply insecure president who understands that the noose is tightening, because of this [FBI] Russia investigation and that's why I believe he has let Jim Comey go."
Asked if he thought that President Donald Trump was trying to obstruct justice, Kaine did not directly answer the question, saying instead, "I think there is an effort to stop this investigation in its track."
Kaine pointed out that the letter Trump sent to Comey was very telling in that he inserted "thank you so much for telling me three times I'm not a subject of an investigation into Russia," which the senator emphasized only highlighted the president's insecurity on the issue.
Kaine added that he was not sure that what Trump wrote in the letter was even true.
In any case, he said the firing followed a pattern in which former acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates and former national security adviser Michael Flynn were both let go over issues connected to the Russia investigation, insisting that "there's more to come and we need a special prosecutor."
Comey's firing came just weeks after he testified before the House Committee on Intelligence and confirmed that the FBI was probing alleged Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election and "any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia's efforts."
When it was pointed out to Kaine that many of the Trump administration's stated reasons for firing Comey sound similar to much of the criticism Democrats have also had about him, the senator agreed that he had also been very critical of Comey, but insisted "that's why the FBI director gets a 10-year term…. to insulate him from political pressure [and interference] from the Congress and the president."
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