Last month, President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. President Trump has stated that he did so because of the FBI investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and Trump’s campaign’s involvement with Russia. Trump has stated that he had asked Comey about this specific investigation and confirmed communicating with Comey about it on several occasions in his letter firing Comey. Also, in the first of those conversations, over dinner at the White House, President Trump reportedly asked Comey for his loyalty, though he later denied doing so. In written memos held by the FBI, Comey memorialized those conversations in which President Trump may have sought to interfere in or obstruct specific investigations. Given President Trump’s documented and acknowledged efforts to interfere with the independence of the FBI, the Senate should presume that could continue under a new FBI Director. It is therefore incumbent upon Senators to ensure that any Trump nominee for FBI Director commits to certain baseline aspects of independence and impartiality before any new nominee is confirmed. Here are 10 questions that require answers:
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