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Ferguson believes a special counsel is needed to investigate Russia

Attorney General Bob Ferguson said firing the FBI director is “troubling to the extreme” on Friday.

“And the contradictory reasons for it, everything about it is problematic from my standpoint,” Ferguson told The Columbian.

Ferguson joined other 20 other attorney generals asking for an independent special counsel to look into Russia’s involvement in the presidential election after James Comey, the director of the FBI, was fired, according to the Associated Press.

Ferguson pointed to news that Comey had asked for more resources for the Russian investigation in recent days.

“The independence of these investigations, whether it’s the state level or the national level is critical, right? I mean, I can’t imagine a system where I could be fired for some investigation I had the governor thought was a problem for the state …  That would be unthinkable.”

Only Democrats signed the letter, the Associated Press reported, they include  the attorneys general of California, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont and Washington.

Lauren Dake

Lauren Dake covers politics for The Columbian. You can reach her at 360-735-4534 or lauren.dake@columbian.com. Follow her on Twitter .

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