Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) issued a statement on Tuesday responding to President Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey. “I know this was a difficult decision for all concerned. I appreciate Director Comey’s service to our nation in a variety of roles,” Graham said. “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.”
James Comey, 56, was nominated in 2013 to a 10-year term by President Barack Obama. President Trump fired the director soon after Comey testified before the Judiciary Committee on the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the November presidential election. Trump said in a statement, “The FBI is one of our nation’s most cherished and respected institutions, and today will mark a new beginning for our crown jewel of law enforcement.”
Graham’s positive response is not shared by all of his fellow Republican senators. Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.), who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, said he was “troubled by the timing and reasoning” of Trump’s announcement. “I have found Director Comey to be a public servant of the highest order, and his dismissal further confuses an already difficult investigation by the committee,” Burr said in a statement. And Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) said he was “disappointed” by the president’s decision, adding that this “only confirms the need and urgency” for a special committee to investigate the 2016 election.
So what do you think? Was Trump’s decision right and will this “fresh start” serve both the FBI and the nation well? Or is this decision just another reason to suspect collusion between the Trump team and the Russians?
Credit: Talking Points Memo