Politicians are reacting to the surprise news on Tuesday evening that President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.
To put it simply, many in Congress were stunned. Democrats in both the House of Representatives and Senate quickly voiced their concerns:
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) said that Comey should “immediately” be called to testify about the status of the investigation into Trump’s campaign ties with Russia.
In America the truth always comes out, @realDonaldTrump.— Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) May 9, 2017
Meanwhile Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.)—Hillary Clinton’s vice-presidential nominee in the 2016 election—seemed to think the firing showed some unsettled nerves in the Trump administration.
Trump firing Comey shows how frightened the Admin is over Russia investigation— Tim Kaine (@timkaine) May 9, 2017
Rep. Jerry Nadler (N.Y.-10) said the reasoning behind Comey’s firing was clear.
Similarly Rep. Eric Swalwell (Calif.-15) seemed to think the firing meant something more than just not agreeing with the FBI’s leadership under Comey.
In a video, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) said there was an “urgent need” for an independent special counsel to look into Russian interference into the election.
Now it's even more important that an independent special counsel is appointed to investigate the Russian interference in our elections. pic.twitter.com/WcoxtbfSyW— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) May 9, 2017
Rep. Steve Cohen (Tenn.-9) said the firing reminded him of President Nixon’s “Saturday Night Massacre.”
Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen on Comey firing: "This is sadly reminiscent of the Saturday Night Massacre" under President Nixon pic.twitter.com/VH1S2u57uU— Dustin Volz (@dnvolz) May 9, 2017
Sen. Bob Casey (D-Penn.) also called it “Nixonian.”
Bob Casey, a senator up for re-election in 2018 in a state Trump won, calls this Nixonian pic.twitter.com/MMctExDfGI— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) May 9, 2017
Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) said that soon “patriotic” Republicans will need to “stand up for our republic.”
Lots of justified confusion and outrage. We need to be prepared to come back together, regardless of party, and take our democracy back.— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) May 9, 2017
Rep. Louise Slaughter (N.Y.-25) called the firing “alarming” and “unprecedented.”
We need an independent, 9/11 style investigation to look into Russia's meddling in our elections & Putin's hold over this administration.— Louise Slaughter (@louiseslaughter) May 9, 2017
Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (N.J.-12) said the firing was “extremely suspicious.”
EXTREMELY suspicious that the President and Attorney General just fired the man who is investigating them.— Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (@RepBonnie) May 9, 2017
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said in a statement:
“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.”
FEINSTEIN: “President Trump called me at 5:30 p.m. and indicated he would be removing Director Comey, saying the FBI needed a change." pic.twitter.com/SuhXWFEvJw— Tim Mak (@timkmak) May 9, 2017
As for Republicans, as of 6:55pm ET, only one Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee had tweeted about the firing.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) seemed to be looking toward the future following Tuesday’s news.
Given the recent controversies surrounding the Director, I believe a fresh start will serve the FBI and the nation well.— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) May 9, 2017