Comey Is Out, But a Political Minefield Remains

Other said the "fresh start" was a good idea, and argued that Congress ultimately would be responsible for ensuring the investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 elections is fair. Comey stopped addressing the group and proceeded to shake hands with the employees he had been speaking to, following which he stepped into a side office, where it was confirmed that he had been fired.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was reportedly tasked with finding a reason to dump Comey, claimed in November that "Director Comey did the right thing when he found new evidence".

The surprise move came from the White House overnight, making Comey the second Federal Bureau of Investigation director to be fired from his position.

According to the AP, Democrats have compared Comey's firing to former President Richard Nixon's "Saturday Night Massacre", in which Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox was sacked during his investigation.

Also, Representative Justin Amash, Republican of MI, said that he supports an independent commission to investigate the possible Russia's role in the election.

"If Tuesday's firing was really about Comey's performance past year, the time to let him go was January, during the transition, when every new president is given the chance (indeed, expected) to reboot the senior leadership of the government", he wrote in a Wednesday op-ed for The Hill.

"No one should accept President Trump's absurd justification that he is now concerned that FBI Director Comey treated Secretary Clinton unfairly".

"It is now harder to resist calls for an independent investigation or select committee", said Dent, whose 15th District includes Lehigh County and part of Northampton County.

Kellyanne Conway, counsellor to President Trump, said in a combative television interview Wednesday morning that it was "inappropriate" to question the timing of Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey. And it was a move that, along with Russian meddling in the election, directly benefited Trump.

The Senate investigation continues, but there has now been enough partisanship on Trump's behalf on display in this investigation that any conclusion it reaches will be immediately suspect. Richard Burr of North Carolina, chairman of the Senate intelligence committee, said, "I am troubled by the timing and reasoning of Director Comey's termination".

"His dismissal further confuses an already hard investigation by the Committee", Burr tweeted. I have long called for a special congressional committee to investigate Russia's interference in the 2016 election.

"Nobody really knew", a senior White House official told Politico.

May 2, 2017 - "FBI Director Comey was the best thing that ever happened to Hillary Clinton in that he gave her a free pass for many bad deed!".

  • Salvatore Jensen