Rep. Elijah Cummings would like to see D.C. Court of Appeals Judge Merrick Garland or former GOP Rep. Mike Rogers as the next director of the FBI.

Cummings said on MSNBC Friday that he was encouraged by rumors whipped up on Capitol Hill Thursday about Garland being a candidate for the job after Trump fired James Comey. Other reports indicate Rogers, who played a major role in national security issues during his time in Congress, would be a candidate and Cummings thinks he would do a good job as well.

He said Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who the FBI director reports to at the Justice Department, would also be a good choice.

"Mr. Garland would be fine. I think Rogers, Congressman Rogers they were mentioning, would be fine," Cummings said.

"As a matter of fact, I think Rosenstein would be fine, to be frank with you. But we need — we have to have people like that who will do what is right by the American people. We have got to move forward with this."

Cummings criticized House Republicans for not doing enough to press President Trump on the investigation into connections between his campaign and the Russian government.

He said Speaker Paul Ryan hasn't done enough to ensure there's a credible investigation being done by the House Intelligence Committee into Russia's influence in the presidential election.

"Paul Ryan, who everybody says is going to be the future president someday, will not lift a finger with regards to this investigation," Cummings said. "It is very upsetting to me as a member of Congress. It hurts that we are basically sitting on the sideline.

"I know Adam Schiff is doing the best he can with the intelligence committee but Ryan needs to stop helping to be an aider and abetter of President Trump and be a supporter of the United States of America. I want to pass on a democracy to my children and my children's children that is in fact. We can not let one man destroy our democracy."