Reactions to FBI Director James Comey's firing

Following President Donald Trump's firing Tuesday of FBI Director James Comey, a number of political figures spoke out, with reactions spanning the spectrum, from approval to suspicion.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina

"I know this was a difficult decision for all concerned. I appreciate Director Comey’s service to our nation in a variety of roles. Given the recent controversies surrounding the director, I believe a fresh start will serve the FBI and the nation well. I encourage the President to select the most qualified professional available who will serve our nation’s interests."

Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-California

"President Trump called me at 5:30 p.m. and indicated he would be removing Director Comey, saying the FBI needed a change. The next FBI director must be strong and independent and will receive a fair hearing in the Judiciary Committee."

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa

Chairman @ChuckGrassley Statement on the Termination of @FBI Director James Comey https://t.co/PM9WiTexoW pic.twitter.com/oROM96cKmD

— Senate Judiciary (@senjudiciary) May 9, 2017

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut

Firing of #Comey compromises investigation of White House ties to Russians – no doubt now special prosecutor is necessary.

— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) May 9, 2017

Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland

Firing Comey has the foul stench of an attempt to stop an ongoing investigation into collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians.

— Chris Van Hollen (@ChrisVanHollen) May 9, 2017

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon

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

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Virginia

Trump firing Comey shows how frightened the Admin is over Russia investigation

— Senator Tim Kaine (@timkaine) May 9, 2017

Comey firing recommended by Sessions. I thought he had recused himself from Russia investigation!

— Senator Tim Kaine (@timkaine) May 9, 2017

Comey firing part of a growing pattern by White House to cover-up the truth

— Senator Tim Kaine (@timkaine) May 9, 2017

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-South Carolina

Statement on FBI Director Comey ? pic.twitter.com/vB822Nw5OR

— Trey Gowdy (@TGowdySC) May 9, 2017

Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas

The firing of FBI Director Jim Comey at this time by Donald Trump is obviously very suspicious.

— Joaquin Castro (@JoaquinCastrotx) May 9, 2017

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-New York

POTUS just fired FBI Director leading Trump/RussianHacking criminal investigation. Coverup?

— Hakeem Jeffries (@RepJeffries) May 9, 2017

What is Trump hiding from American people? We need independent special counsel. NOW.

— Hakeem Jeffries (@RepJeffries) May 9, 2017

John Podesta, former Clinton campaign chair

@realDonaldTrump Didn't you know you're supposed to wait til Saturday night to massacre people investigating you? https://t.co/dQpgWsR6ND

— John Podesta (@johnpodesta) May 9, 2017

Robby Mook, former Clinton campaign manager

Surprised I'm saying this, but I don't see how this bodes well for the Russia investigation. https://t.co/51lE83mr3q

— Robby Mook (@RobbyMook) May 9, 2017



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