Arizona Senator John McCain has officially weighed in regarding President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, contending that a select committee is needed to investigate Russian interference in U.S. elections.
In a statement, McCain expressed his chagrin over Trump’s decision to fire the FBI director and referred to Comey as a “man of honor and integrity.” McCain asserted that Comey 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,” McCain said in the statement. “The president’s decision to remove the FBI Director only confirms the need and the urgency of such a committee.”
Trump terminated Comey following receipt of a recommendation from the Department of Justice. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein wrote the president a letter citing Comey’s mishandling of the investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server as a reason for termination. Attorney General Jeff Sessions also submitted a letter recommending the dismissal.
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