‘This Is Nixonian’: Lawmakers Are Not Buying Trump’s Excuse For Firing James Comey
On Tuesday, president Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. And while the termination happened rather quickly, it wasn’t altogether a shock. In fact, it’s something Trump’s been wanting to do. He just needed a good excuse.
The White House claims Comey was fired because of his “faulty testimony” before Congress. But despite his “inaccurate” statements, Comey received “clear recommendations” of both Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Then Trump abruptly fired him minutes later.
Trump was looking for a reason to get rid of the man in charge of the investigation into the Russia scandal. In March, Comey announced that the agency was investigating alleged ties between Russia and the Trump campaign. He also cast doubt on Trump’s claim that the Obama administration wiretapped him during the campaign.
Now, members of Congress are suspicious of Trump’s move and took to Twitter late Tuesday to share their reaction and demand an independent investigation:
This is Nixonian. Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein must immediately appoint a special prosecutor to continue the Trump/Russia investigation.
— Senator Bob Casey (@SenBobCasey) May 9, 2017
The firing of FBI Director Jim Comey at this time by Donald Trump is obviously very suspicious.
— Joaquin Castro (@JoaquinCastrotx) May 9, 2017
Trump fires FBI Dir Comey. Maybe he was getting too close to the Russia connection?
— Gerry Connolly (@GerryConnolly) May 9, 2017
Comey should be immediately called to testify in an open hearing about the status of Russia/Trump investigation at the time he was fired.
— Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) May 9, 2017
Trump firing Comey shows how frightened the Admin is over Russia investigation
— Senator Tim Kaine (@timkaine) May 9, 2017
Firing of #Comey compromises investigation of White House ties to Russians – no doubt now special prosecutor is necessary.
— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) May 9, 2017
U.S. Sen Dick Durbin, (D-Ill), said the firing “raises the critical question as to whether the FBI investigation of Russian interference in the last presidential campaign will continue and as to whether the investigation of any collusion or involvement by the Trump campaign will also be investigated by the FBI.
“Any attempt to stop or undermine this FBI investigation would raise grave constitutional issues. Under these circumstances, I renew my call for an independent counsel and a special commission to fully investigate the Russian interference,” Durbin said.