As the controversy surrounding President Donald Trump's firing of James Comey from his position as FBI director heats up, yet another batch of related reports flood the news.
According to the White House, former Republican congressman Mike Rogers is being considered to act as Comey's replacement. He's far from ideal, considering his very close ties to Trump himself.
Trump considering appointing member of his campaign, Mike Rogers, to oversee investigation into collusion between Russia and his campaign pic.twitter.com/hpScJhKZL5— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) May 11, 2017
After Trump was elected president in 2016, Rogers served as an adviser in his presidential transition team. At the time New Jersey governor Chris Christie was removed as the head of the team, Rogers also left.
At the time, many speculated he wasn't a good fit because Rogers had angered the House GOP when his committee cleared former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of personal wrongdoing in the Benghazi incident. Still, no official reason was given then, except for the fact Christie had brought him on as part of his team.
But before aiding the Trump team, Rogers, 53, also served as the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, retiring from Congress two years ago. His conduct has been harshly criticized in the past for having once famously said, “you can't have your privacy violated if you don't know your privacy is violated, right?”
Is the current administration ready to dive deep into a much larger debate over privacy with Rogers in power?
If Trump does decide to nominate him, he might have a hard time convincing Congress, as many Democratic lawmakers might not be onboard considering his very public comments concerning Trump, especially now the the FBI may be starting a more thorough probe into the alleged Russian involvement with the elections. Is Trump looking for someone who will go easy on him?
After Rogers left Trump's transition team, Rogers released a statement that, in part, read:
"It was my pleasure to take to the national television and radio airwaves to highlight the stark choice between the bold change represented by President-elect Trump and the dangerous status quo represented by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton."
Many argue Trump may see Rogers as an ally if the Russian probe becomes something larger, especially because of how supportive he was of the president during his transition.
But aside from his public display of support for the president, there's also his anti-privacy stance — which Trump may be also excited to explore.
As we all know, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and his revelations regarding the mass spying of Americans is still a hot button issue, even after the NSA publicly denounced its controversial and unconstitutional methods of collecting data.
As the administration struggles with the backlash following the abrupt decision to fire Comey, who had been appointed by President Barack Obama for a 10-year tenure, the Trump White House has yet plunged into another very public crisis, with media personalities, legal experts, and Democrats on both the House and the Senate — as well as some Republicans — repudiating Trump's decision.
Trump's demand of Comey's personal loyalty is like a third-rate mobster movie, except this is real life and there won't be a sequel.— Mike Levin (@MikeLevinCA) May 11, 2017
My staff and I are reviewing legislation to establish an independent commission on Russia. The second paragraph of this letter is bizarre. https://t.co/wXeDtVIQiP— Justin Amash (@justinamash) May 9, 2017
Rogers seems dedicated to ensuring the government's wrongdoing remains in the dark, and with the news that he may lead the bureau, things could get even uglier for the president. After all, privacy advocates and civil liberties organizations will, undoubtedly, start a harsh campaign against the former congressman as a potential replacement for Comey, adding fuel to the fire and perhaps even joining those who want an independent investigation into the alleged Russian ties.
So what will it be? Will Trump cave in to pressure from both Washington critics and civil liberties advocates, or will he simply ignore common sense?
Mike Rogers image credit: Wikimedia/US Congress