Here are all the members of Congress calling for an independent investigation after Trump fired Comey
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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
My staff and I are reviewing legislation to establish an independent commission on Russia. The second paragraph of this letter is bizarre. https://t.co/wXeDtVIQiP
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) May 9, 2017
Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona:
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) May 9, 2017
Independent Sen. Angus King of Maine
Please see my statement on the President's firing of FBI Director James Comey: pic.twitter.com/41UkM3vRC3
— Senator Angus King (@SenAngusKing) May 10, 2017
Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont
We need an independent investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) May 9, 2017
Democrat Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado:
Comey's firing raises many questions. One thing is clear: an independent special prosecutor is necessary to investigate Russian connections.
— Michael F. Bennet (@SenBennetCO) May 9, 2017
Democrat Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon:
I've said it before and will say it again: we need an independent prosecutor NOW!
— Earl Blumenauer (@repblumenauer) May 9, 2017
Democrat Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut:
Ensuring credibility and faith in non-political FBI requires appointment of independent special prosecutor. #Comey
— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) May 9, 2017
Democrat Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey:
Now it's even more important that an independent special counsel is appointed to investigate the Russian interference in our elections. pic.twitter.com/WcoxtbfSyW
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) May 9, 2017
Democrat Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio:
Now more than ever, we need an independent investigation into Russian ties to ensure American people can have full confidence in findings. pic.twitter.com/bPrbDnOA4e
— Sherrod Brown (@SenSherrodBrown) May 9, 2017
Democrat Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland:
— Senator Ben Cardin (@SenatorCardin) May 10, 2017
Democrat Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania:
This is Nixonian. Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein must immediately appoint a special prosecutor to continue the Trump/Russia investigation.
— Senator Bob Casey (@SenBobCasey) May 9, 2017
Democrat Rep. Kathy Castor of Florida:
— US Rep Kathy Castor (@USRepKCastor) May 9, 2017
Democrat Rep. Katherine Clark of Massachusetts:
Trump firing FBI Dir Comey reinforces the need for an immediate independent investigation into Trump's ties to Russia.
— Katherine Clark (@RepKClark) May 9, 2017
Democrat Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey:
.@realDonaldTrump, we can read this story in America’s history books. We know how it ends:
— Bonnie WatsonColeman (@RepBonnie) May 9, 2017
Democrat Rep. John Conyers Jr. of Michigan:
— House Judiciary Dems (@HouseJudDems) May 9, 2017
Democrat Rep. Joe Courtney of Connecticut:
Congress must move immediately to authorize an independent investigation of Russian influence to protect transparency and our democracy.
— Rep. Joe Courtney (@RepJoeCourtney) May 9, 2017
Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland:
— House OversightDems (@OversightDems) May 9, 2017
Democrat Rep. Suzan DelBene of Washington:
Americans must know the extent of Russia’s grip on Trump. His lack of transparency, and now interference, merit an independent investigation pic.twitter.com/NPKoWtDU1k
— Rep. Suzan DelBene (@RepDelBene) May 9, 2017
Democrat Rep. Ted Deutch of Florida:
This is how authoritarian leaders operate: fire the ones investigating you. We need a special prosecutor. Now. #FBIDirector
— Rep. Ted Deutch (@RepTedDeutch) May 9, 2017
Democrat Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois
— Senator Dick Durbin (@SenatorDurbin) May 9, 2017
Democrat Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota:
We are witnessing a Consitutional crisis unfold before our very eyes. My statement on FBI Director Comey's firing here. pic.twitter.com/PYslAtG80h
— Rep. Keith Ellison (@keithellison) May 9, 2017
Democrat Rep. Ruben Gallego of Arizona:
The FBI investigation is tainted. We must appoint an independent special prosecutor to get to the bottom of the administration’s Russia ties
— Ruben Gallego (@RepRubenGallego) May 9, 2017
Democrat Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York:
No more excuses: We need an independent special prosecutor to investigate the Trump Administration’s ties to Russia.
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) May 9, 2017
Democrat Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva of Arizona:
— Raul M. Grijalva (@RepRaulGrijalva) May 9, 2017
Democrat Sen. Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire:
— Sen. Maggie Hassan (@SenatorHassan) May 9, 2017
Democrat Rep. Alcee Hastings of Florida:
— Alcee L. Hastings (@RepHastingsFL) May 9, 2017
Democrat Sen. Kamala Harris of California:
I've said it before and will again – we must have a special prosecutor to oversee the FBI's Russia investigation. This cannot wait. https://t.co/Z9eeGNLTzr
— Kamala Harris (@SenKamalaHarris) May 9, 2017
Democrat Rep. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii:
— Senator Mazie Hirono (@maziehirono) May 10, 2017
Democrat Rep. Marcy Kaptur of Ohio:
On Comey, this is a flash back to the days of Richard Nixon. We need an independent investigation and Congress must stand up to @POTUS!
— Marcy Kaptur (@RepMarcyKaptur) May 10, 2017
Democrat Rep. Bill Keating of Massachusetts:
As a former prosecutor, Comey firing again underscores the need for independent investigation of Trump campaign. (1/2)
— Bill Keating (@USRepKeating) May 9, 2017
Democrat Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi of Illinois:
— Raja Krishnamoorthi (@CongressmanRaja) May 9, 2017
Democrat Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota:
Really? Firing Jim Comey smack in the middle of a major Russia investigation is very suspect. We need independent prosecutor & commission
— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) May 9, 2017
Democrat Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont:
BREAKING: Sen. Patrick Leahy's REAX To President Trump's Firing Of FBI Director James Comey pic.twitter.com/N6gpSsvMgg
— Sen. Patrick Leahy (@SenatorLeahy) May 9, 2017
Democrat Rep. Sandy Levin of Michigan:
… of Russia's interference in our election and Trump campaign officials' involvement. 2/2 https://t.co/yfpNGhnE5S
— Sandy Levin (@repsandylevin) May 9, 2017
Democrat Rep. Ted Lieu of California:
As a former prosecutor, I find Trump's firing of Comey SCREAMS consciousness of guilt and a cover up. We need a special prosecutor NOW. https://t.co/c2dV8MsLJT
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) May 9, 2017
Democrat Rep. Patrick Maloney of New York:
I only have two words – independent investigation. #ComeyFiring
— Sean Patrick Maloney (@RepSeanMaloney) May 9, 2017
Democrat Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts:
.@realDonaldTrump We are careening closer to a Constitutional crisis. We need special prosecutor to investigate any dealings Trump campaign/admin had w Russia
— Ed Markey (@SenMarkey) May 9, 2017
Democrat Rep. Betty McCollum of Minnesota:
— Rep. Betty McCollum (@BettyMcCollum04) May 9, 2017
Democrat Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon:
— Senator Jeff Merkley (@SenJeffMerkley) May 9, 2017
Democrat Rep. Gwen Moore of Wisconsin:
This is a page straight out of Nixon's playbook. Only way forward is a special prosecutor to investigate ties between @realDonaldTrump & 🇷🇺
— Gwen Moore (@RepGwenMoore) May 10, 2017
Democrat Sen. Patty Murray of Washington:
Comey's firing underscores the need for a special prosecutor to examine the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia. The public deserves the truth.
— Senator Patty Murray (@PattyMurray) May 10, 2017
Democrat Rep. Richard Neal of Massachusetts:
POTUS has now fired FBI Director. Acting AG and US Atty investigated his ties to #Russia. We need independent investigation now.
— Rep. Richard Neal (@RepRichardNeal) May 9, 2017
Democrat Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan:
Trump firing FBI Director investigating his ties to Russia is just latest in long list of reasons why we need special prosecutor re: Russia
— Senator Gary Peters (@SenGaryPeters) May 9, 2017
Democrat Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island:
President Trump’s firing of Dir. Comey amid an active criminal investigation of his inner circle is shocking & disturbing. Full statement: pic.twitter.com/8zsUMkD7aV
— Senator Jack Reed (@SenJackReed) May 10, 2017
Democrat Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio:
Nixon had the Saturday Night Massacre. Now Trump is following suit w/ Tuesday Afternoon Massacre. We need special prosecutor to investigate. https://t.co/zbOp1Dos9M
— Congressman Tim Ryan (@RepTimRyan) May 9, 2017
Democrat Sen. Brian Schatz of Hawaii
The arguments against establishing a Special Prosecutor were weak in the first place. They have now evaporated.
— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) May 9, 2017
Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee:
Firing of Comey tainted by extraordinary conflict of interest. Independent prosecutor must be appointed to restore any public confidence. pic.twitter.com/m5fSJ3LpiG
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) May 9, 2017
Democrat Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York:
First Pres Trump fired Sally Yates, then Preet Bharara. Now #Comey. Doesn't seem like an accident. We must have a special prosecutor.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) May 9, 2017
Democrat Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire:
— Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (@SenatorShaheen) May 10, 2017
Democrat Rep. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona:
It's painfully obvious: Congress must establish an independent investigation into Russian interference in US elections.
— Kyrsten Sinema (@RepSinema) May 9, 2017
Democrat Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan:
Deeply troubling that President Trump fired FBI Dir. Comey, who was leading Trump-Russia investigation. We need an independent prosecutor!
— Sen. Debbie Stabenow (@SenStabenow) May 9, 2017
Democrat Rep. Tom Suozzi of New York:
Special Prosecutor must be appointed immediately to conduct investigation into the Putin/Russia/Trump relationshiphttps://t.co/Hrg1xI1T1Z
— Tom Suozzi (@RepTomSuozzi) May 9, 2017
Democrat Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico:
— Tom Udall (@SenatorTomUdall) May 9, 2017
Democrat Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts:
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) May 10, 2017
Democrat Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon:
My full statement: pic.twitter.com/91zeAqYwLx
— Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) May 9, 2017
Democrat Rep. Hank Johnson of Georgia:
Congressman Hank Johnson's Statement on the Firing of FBI Director Comey: https://t.co/gpywWph01b
— Rep. Hank Johnson (@RepHankJohnson) May 10, 2017
#Comey dismissed, so what's next-King declares martial law?
— Rep. Hank Johnson (@RepHankJohnson) May 10, 2017
Democrat Rep. Don Beyer of Virginia:
Video statement: the Comey firing is an abuse of power that jeopardizes the #TrumpRussia investigation.
We must have a special prosecutor. pic.twitter.com/5Ec7pZG7K8
— Rep. Don Beyer (@RepDonBeyer) May 10, 2017
Democrat Rep. Stephanie Murphy of Florida:
— Rep Stephanie Murphy (@RepStephMurphy) May 10, 2017
Democrat Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois:
There are simply too many questions raised by tonight’s actions. The American people deserve answers—now—from an independent investigator pic.twitter.com/CmO034FTui
— Tammy Duckworth (@SenDuckworth) May 10, 2017
Democrat Rep. Carolyn Maloney of New York:
— Carolyn B. Maloney (@RepMaloney) May 10, 2017
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.”
my statement on Comey firing pic.twitter.com/Mc4o4pnQav
— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) May 10, 2017
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.
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.
— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) May 10, 2017
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.”
My statement on James Comey pic.twitter.com/NWBR8FGTCf
— Senator Roy Blunt (@RoyBlunt) May 9, 2017
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.
— FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) May 10, 2017
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.”
— ABC News (@ABC) May 10, 2017
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.”
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