President Donald Trump earned criticism and questions after last night’s surprise firing of FBI Director James Comey. Republican reactions were more mixed than those coming from political commentators and Democrats, but still included calls for an independent investigation.
John McCain used the occasion to continue his calls for a special prosecutor. “While the President has the legal authority to remove the Director of the FBI, I am disappointed in the President’s decision to remove James Comey from office. James Comey is a man of honor and integrity, and he has led the FBI well in extraordinary circumstances,” said McCain. “I have long called for a special congressional committee to investigate Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. The president’s decision to remove the FBI Director only confirms the need and the urgency of such a committee.”
Likewise, Richard Burr expressed concern about the president’s action and lauded Comey. “I am troubled by the timing and reasoning of Director Comey’s termination,” said the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
In my interactions w/ the Director and w/ the Bureau under his leadership, he & the FBI have always been straightforward with our Committee.
— Richard Burr (@SenatorBurr) May 9, 2017
Representative Carlos Curbelo said, “Today’s extraordinary decision raises many questions all of which must be answered. Congress and the American people need a transparent explanation as to how this decision was reached and why it was executed at this time. It is critical that the FBI can continue all of its pending work with independence and integrity – especially the investigation into the Russian government’s efforts to influence our last election and undermine American democracy. Today I reiterate the need for Congress to establish a Select Committee with full investigatory powers to thoroughly examine this matter.”
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