Democrats slam Trump’s action
Democrats slammed Trump’s action, comparing it to President Richard Nixon’s “Saturday Night Massacre” decision to fire the independent special prosecutor overseeing the Water gate investigation in 1973, which prompted the resignations of the Justice Department’s top two officials. “This is Nixonian”, Senator Bob Casey, wrote on Twitter.“Outrageous,” said Oregon Sen Ron Wyden, calling for Comey to immediately be summoned to testify to Congress about the status of the Trump-Russia investigation. Rep Adam Schiff of California, top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, said the White House was “brazenly interfering” in the probe.
FBI in turmoil; scramble on for new chief
The White House said the search for Comey’s replacement was beginning immediately. Comey’s deputy, Andrew McCabe, takes over in the interim. Agency staff scheduled an emergency meeting amid speculation about a successor. An FBI official said the staff meeting would explore next steps for the law-enforcement agency.
US President Donald Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey ousting the nation’s top law enforcement official in the midst of an FBI investigation into whether Trump’s campaign had ties to Russia’s meddling in the election that brought Trump to the White House. This is only the second firing of an FBI director in history. President Bill Clinton dismissed William Sessions for alleged ethical lapses in 1993.
In a letter to Comey, President Trump is reported to have mentioned that the firing was necessary to restore “public trust and confidence“ in the FBI. Comey has come under intense scrutiny in recent months for his public comments on an investigation into Democrat Hillary Clinton’s email practices, including a pair of letters he sent to Congress on the matter in the closing days of last year’s campaign. In announcing the exit, the White House circulated a memo, written by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, criticising Comey’s handling of the Clinton probe, including the director’s decision to hold a news conference announcing its findings and releasing “derogatory information“ about Clinton.
Republican Sen John McCain of Arizona said Congress must form a special committee to investigate Russia’s interference in the election.