(CNSNews.com) – Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is among the Republican lawmakers expressing misgivings about the firing of FBI Director James Comey.
President Trump fired Comey on the same day the FBI sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, correcting some of Comey’s testimony, delivered last week before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
McCain is now calling for a “special congressional committee” to investigate Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.
“While the President has the legal authority to remove the Director of the FBI, I am disappointed in the President's decision to remove James Comey from office,” Sen. McCain said in a written statement.
“James Comey is a man of honor and integrity, and he has 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. The president's decision to remove the FBI Director only confirms the need and the urgency of such a committee.”
Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska) said Comey’s firing is “a loss for the nation.”
"Regardless of how you think Director Comey handled the unprecedented complexities of the 2016 election cycle, the timing of this firing is very troubling,” Sasse said in a written statement. “Jim Comey is an honorable public servant, and in the midst of a crisis of public trust that goes well beyond who you voted for in the presidential election, the loss of an honorable public servant is a loss for the nation.
“As the chairman of the Judiciary Committee's Oversight Subcommittee, I have reached out to the Deputy Attorney General for clarity on his rationale for recommending this action," Sasse concluded.
Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) tweeted: "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."
Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) tweeted: "My staff and I are reviewing legislation to establish an independent commission on Russia. The second paragraph of this letter is bizarre."
Amash was referring to the second paragraph of Trump's letter to Comey, in which the president said: "While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the Bureau."
In his May 3 testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Comey told Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) that Clinton’s top aide Huma Abedin had “forwarded hundreds and thousands of e-mails, some of which contain classified information,” to the non-secure laptop computer of her husband, Anthony Weiner.
But in a May 9 letter to the Judiciary Committee, the FBI said it wanted to “supplement” Comey’s May 3 testimony, “to ensure that the committee has the full context of what was reviewed and found” on Weiner’s laptop.
The FBI wrote:
“Our investigation determined that Ms. Abedin commonly forwarded emails to others who would print the documents for her. Although we do not know the exact numbers, based on its investigation, the FBI believes it is reasonable to conclude that most of the emails found on Mr. Weiner’s laptop computer related to the Clinton investigation occurred as a result of a backup of personal electronic devices, with a small number a result of manual forwarding by Ms. Abedin to Mr. Weiner.”
The FBI letter also noted that only “two email chains containing classified information were manually forwarded to Mr. Weiner’s account. Ten additional chains containing classified information were also found on the laptop computer as a result of backup activity.”