Published May 10, 2017
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Tuesday abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey.
Comey was in Los Angeles addressing a group of FBI agents when the news broke of his firing on television sets behind him. He laughed and thought it was an inside prank. Some top aides told him it was real.
Trump, who prides himself for know how to handle business, fired the nation’s top law enforcement officer in a very un-business like fashion.
Congressional reaction to the firing came soon thereafter. Senator Tom Udall (D – New Mexico), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs issued the following statement on President Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey:
“This decision is chilling. It defies logic to believe that President Trump fired Director Comey — who is investigating both Russia’s interference in our election and the president’s campaign for its ties to that attack on our democracy — for any other reason than to interfere with the investigation.
The Department of Justice must appoint a special counsel to continue the investigation. And it’s more important than ever for an independent, bipartisan commission, modeled after the 9/11 commission, to get the full answers that Americans deserve about ties between Russia and President Trump’s team. FBI directors are appointed to 10-year terms to avoid political interference in the nation’s top law enforcement organization. It is high time that Republicans joined Democrats in exercising real oversight over the Trump Administration, and the confirmation process for the next FBI director would be a great place to start.”
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