Republicans Under New Pressure After Trump Fires Comey

President Donald Trump ignited a political firestorm yesterday by firing FBI Director James Comey, who had been leading an investigation into the Trump 2016 presidential campaign's possible collusion with Russian Federation to influence the election outcome.

Huckabee Sanders, filling in for Sean Spicer at Wednesday's press briefing, tried to defend President Trump's decision to abruptly dismiss Comey late Tuesday - a move that caught much of Washington off guard and sparked outrage from Democrats and several key Republicans as well.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said he spoke to Trump and told him he was "making a very big mistake" in firing Comey, adding the president did not "really answer" in response.

Sen. John McCain of Arizona to reporters: "There will be more shoes to drop". Three months later, in February 2016, Andrew McCabe became deputy director of the FBI, the first time he had any oversight of the investigation, as Politifact noted.

"The timing of this and the reasoning for it doesn't make sense to me", Burr said Wednesday.

Democrats quickly accused Trump of using Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation as a pretext and called for a special prosecutor into the Russian Federation probe.

"Director Comey had lost the confidence of the American people", Pence said. The president told Comey in the letter that he accepted the recommendation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions that he could no longer provide effective leadership. New York Representative Elise Stefanik also expressed concerns about Comey's firing, adding, "I believe strongly in the importance of an independent Federal Bureau of Investigation director". Sanders said the White House would "encourage" the next FBI chief to complete the Russian Federation investigation.

Comey's firing came as a surprise to many and, according to Mother Jones, it has prompted more than 100 lawmakers - mostly Democrats but some Republicans - to call for an independent investigation into Russia's interference in the presidential election.

"Privacy, when we think about these things, is the fountainhead from which all other rights derive", he said.
He was sacked by Trump on Tuesday, sparking fierce criticism from Democrats and a few Republicans.

Sen. Rob Portman of OH in a statement: "Given the timing and circumstances of the decision, I believe the White House should provide a fuller explanation regarding the President's rationale".

The timing of Comey's termination, though, has spurred questions.

The fact that Sessions is conducting the interviews also raises an ethical question regarding his pledge to recuse himself from investigations dealing with the Trump campaign.

McConnell also chided Democrats for complaining about the removal of the FBI director after they criticized Comey for his handling of the investigation of Clinton's emails. "If they want a war, they need to get one". Yes, Paddy Power is taking wagers on not only who will be the next FBI Director, but who will be the next in line for President Trump to fire.

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