AZ lawmakers react to the firing of FBI director James Comey

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Arizona lawmakers are reacting to the firing of FBI director James Comey.

President Donald Trump abruptly fired Comey Tuesday, saying it was necessary to restore "public trust and confidence" in the nation's top law enforcement agency following several tumultuous months.

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A short time later, Sen. John McCain released this statement:

“While the President has the legal authority to remove the Director of the FBI, I am disappointed in the President's decision to remove James Comey from office. James Comey is a man of honor and integrity, and he has led the FBI well in extraordinary circumstances. I have long called for a special congressional committee to investigate Russia's interference in the 2016 election. The president's decision to remove the FBI Director only confirms the need and the urgency of such a committee.”

And Rep. Ruben Gallego released this statement:

“Let’s be clear about what just happened: President Trump just fired the person in charge of investigating his campaign’s ties to Russian interference in the 2016 election. Even more troubling, he will now be able to direct the hiring the next person in charge of that investigation.

“Without an independent investigation, the American people will be forced to conclude that the Trump campaign’s collusion with Russia is even more contemptible than we already suspected.  In short, Comey’s sudden dismissal looks an awful lot like a cover-up.

“Donald Trump can get away with these troubling maneuvers for only so long as Congressional Republicans allow him to do so. Now that the FBI investigation has been tainted, it’s beyond time to appoint an independent special prosecutor to get to the bottom of this administration’s Russia ties.”

And Sen. Jeff Flake tweeted this reaction:

I've spent the last several hours trying to find an acceptable rationale for the timing of Comey's firing. I just can't do it.Later The White House said the search for a new FBI director was beginning immediately.

The White House made the stunning announcement shortly after the FBI corrected a sentence in Comey's sworn testimony on Capitol Hill last week. Comey told lawmakers that Huma Abedin, a top aide to Hillary Clinton, had sent "hundreds and thousands" of emails to her husband's laptop, including some with classified information.

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