Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa threatened on July 11 to start an investigation into Anthony Weiner's emails and former FBI Director James Comey because of the investigation into President Donald Trump and his possible collusion with the Russian government (video below).
King told CNN host Alisyn Camerota that Trump's presidency was being paralyzed:
If this continues , this immobilization of the presidency over these kind of things , it's gonna force this Congress to do an investigation, a complete and thorough investigation, and that means go back all the way to the 650,000 emails of Anthony Weiner and look at [former FBI Director James] Comey and his activities. I don't want to do that Alisyn, but...
Camerota asked King if Hillary Clinton was somehow involved in the alleged Russia collusion, to which King responded: "I don't know whether there is, or isn't. I've not seen that yet. But what I’m saying is this, that the Comey investigation , now him picking the special counsel on top of it , on its face, appears to be collusion."
Comey did not pick the special counsel, former FBI Director Robert Mueller; that choice was made by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Talking Points Memo noted in June that King promoted the debunked theory that President Barack Obama was not a U.S. citizen for years in order to undermine Obama's presidency. King also blamed Obama for June's Republican baseball practice shooting in Alexandria, Virginia.
"I do want to put some of this at the feet of Barack Obama," King told Iowa radio station WHO. "He contributed mightily to dividing us. He focused on our differences rather than our things that unify us. And this is some of the fruits of that labor."
In 2008, King said the election of Obama would signal a victory for terrorists because of "the optics," noted The Daily Reporter:
I don't want to disparage anyone because of their race, their ethnicity, their name -- whatever their religion their father might have been. I'll just say this: When you think about the optics of a Barack Obama potentially getting elected President of the United States -- I mean, what does this look like to the rest of the world? What does it look like to the world of Islam?
I will tell you that, if he is elected president, then the radical Islamists, the al-Qaida, the radical Islamists and their supporters, will be dancing in the streets in greater numbers than they did on September 11 because they will declare victory in this War on Terror.