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Here are all the members of Congress calling for an independent investigation after Trump fired Comey

Here are all the members of Congress calling for an independent investigation after Trump fired Comey

This post will be updated as new information comes in.

President Donald Trump abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey, prompting practically every member of Congress to weigh in. Many — including some prominent Republicans — are furious, dubbing the dismissal “Nixonian” and “a constitutional crisis.”

Weeks before what some are now referring to as the “Tuesday Night Massacre,” the now-former FBI director confirmed to Congress that he was spearheading an investigation into possible ties between the Trump administration and Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election. On Tuesday, dozens of senators and representatives called for a special prosecutor to lead an independent investigation into those ties, saying Comey’s dismissal tainted the credibility of any future FBI-led investigations.

By late Tuesday evening, two Republicans and two Independents had joined the host of Democrats calling for an independent investigation.  

Republican Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan

Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona:

Independent Sen. Angus King of Maine

Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont

Democrat Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado:

 

Democrat Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon:

Democrat Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut:

Democrat Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey:

Democrat Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio:

Democrat Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland:

Democrat Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania:

Democrat Rep. Kathy Castor of Florida:

Democrat Rep. Katherine Clark of Massachusetts:

Democrat Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey:

Democrat Rep. John Conyers Jr. of Michigan:

Democrat Rep. Joe Courtney of Connecticut:

Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland:

Democrat Rep. Suzan DelBene of Washington:

Democrat Rep. Ted Deutch of Florida:

Democrat Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois

Democrat Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota:

Democrat Rep. Ruben Gallego of Arizona:

Democrat Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York:

Democrat Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva of Arizona:

Democrat Sen. Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire:

Democrat Rep. Alcee Hastings of Florida:

Democrat Sen. Kamala Harris of California:

Democrat Rep. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii:

Democrat Rep. Marcy Kaptur of Ohio:

Democrat Rep. Bill Keating of Massachusetts:

Democrat Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi of Illinois:

Democrat Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota:

Democrat Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont:

Democrat Rep. Sandy Levin of Michigan:

Democrat Rep. Ted Lieu of California:

Democrat Rep. Patrick Maloney of New York:

Democrat Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts:

Democrat Rep. Betty McCollum of Minnesota:

Democrat Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon:

Democrat Rep. Gwen Moore of Wisconsin:

Democrat Sen. Patty Murray of Washington:

Democrat Rep. Richard Neal of Massachusetts:

Democrat Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan:

Democrat Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island:

Democrat Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio:

Democrat Sen. Brian Schatz of Hawaii

Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee:

Democrat Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York:

Democrat Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire:

Democrat Rep. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona:

Democrat Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan:

Democrat Rep. Tom Suozzi of New York:

Democrat Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico:

Democrat Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts:

Democrat Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon:

Democrat Rep. Hank Johnson of Georgia:

Democrat Rep. Don Beyer of Virginia:

Democrat Rep. Stephanie Murphy of Florida:

Democrat Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois:

Democrat Rep. Carolyn Maloney of New York:

Several Republican members of Congress also signaled their disapproval over the firing, though they held off on explicitly calling for an investigation, like Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina, who said in a statement that he was “troubled” by the firing, calling it a “loss for the Bureau and the nation.” Sen. Ben Sasse, a Republican from Nebraska, echoed Burr in calling the timing “very troubling.”

And Jeff Flake, a Republican senator from Arizona, said late Tuesday night that he had yet to find an “acceptable rationale” for firing Comey as Trump did.

 

At least one member of Congress did appear to support Trump’s move: Republican Sen. Roy Blunt, of Missouri, who said in a statement, “Many, including myself, have questioned his actions more than once over the past year.”

Kentucky Republican Rand Paul, the lone dissenting vote against Comey’s 2013 Senate confirmation as FBI director, said that Comey’s dismissal was urgently needed.

Other Congressional Republicans have tried to strike a more conciliatory tone by affirming the fundamental weirdness of Trump’s move to fire Comey, while respecting his authority to do so.

Sen. Marco Rubio praised Comey as “professional” and thanked him “for his service” in an interview with ABC News. He added that although the decision “surprised” him, he said Comey’s firing was “a decision the president’s made, and we’ll go from here.”

In his own statement, Sen. Bob Corker said that Comey’s “removal at this particular time will raise questions,” and that “it is imperative that President Trump nominate a well-respected and qualified individual to lead the bureau at this critical time.”

This story is breaking and will be updated. 

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