Senator McCain said Tuesday that he was “disappointed” with President Trump’s decision to fire Comey.
He argued that the move begs for his recommendation that a special congressional panel be mobilized to investigate Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.
“While the President has the legal authority to remove the Director of the F.B.I., I am disappointed in the President’s decision to remove James Comey from office,” McCain said in a statement.
He continued by saying, “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 F.B.I. Director only confirms the need and the urgency of such a committee.”
McCain’s stance runs in opposition to a number of GOP senators who expressed support for Trump’s decision.
McCain then praised Comey as a “man of honor and integrity,” according to The Hill.
Those critical of the president’s move have questioned whether the decision to remove Comey runs parallel to the Russian investigation by the F.B.I.
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