Schumer then called on Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to appoint a special prosecutor, saying “America depends on you to restore faith in our criminal justice system, which is going to be badly shattered after the administration’s actions today.”
Other Democrats attributed sinister motives to Comey’s firing, with two Senators, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania and Patrick Leahy of Vermont, describing it in press statements as “Nixonian.” Another Democratic senator, Ed Markey of Massachusetts, said the firing “is disturbingly reminiscent of the Saturday Night Massacre during the Watergate scandal and the national turmoil that it caused,” later adding “We are careening ever closer to a Constitutional crisis.”
Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. said that Comey “should should be immediately called to testify in an open hearing about the status of the investigation into Russia and Trump associates at the time he was fired.”
Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., also tweeted “the need for an independent special prosecutor is now crystal clear.”
“This is just one person. It’s the director,” Collins said. “The investigation is going forward, both at the FBI and in the Senate Intelligence Committee in a bipartisan way.”
Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., the chairman of the Senate intelligence committee, said he was “troubled by the timing and reasoning” for Comey’s dismissal.
“In my interactions with the Director and with the Bureau under his leadership, he and the FBI have always been straightforward with our Committee,” Burr said in a statement. “Director Comey has been more forthcoming with information than any FBI Director I can recall in my tenure on the congressional intelligence committees. His dismissal, I believe, is a loss for the Bureau and the nation.”
“I have long called for a special congressional committee to investigate Russia’s interference in the 2016 election,” McCain added. “The president’s decision to remove the FBI Director only confirms the need and the urgency of such a committee.”
Comey should have resigned. Period. And he should have done it a long time ago.
But I’ll be honest, I am a little torn on this one. I’m glad the trash was taken out, but it was poor timing, as many others have said. We do keep hearing that very little evidence has been brought forth about Trump and Russia, regardless of the comments from people like Schumer. And we keep getting told that Trump himself isn’t under investigation, for whatever good that does him.
However, the timing of this could have been better.
What do you think?