President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey confirms the need for a select committee to investigate Russian meddling in U.S. elections, according to Arizona Sen. John McCain.
McCain responded to Comey’s firing with a statement noting his disappointment with Trump’s decision. He referred to the former director as a “man of honor and integrity,” claiming Comey led the nation’s top law enforcement agency “well in extraordinary circumstances.”
“I have long called for a special congressional committee to investigate Russia’s interference in the 2016 election,” said McCain’s statement. “The president’s decision to remove the FBI Director only confirms the need and the urgency of such a committee.”
Trump fired Comey upon recommendation from the Department of Justice. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein wrote the president a letter pointing to Comey’s handling of the investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails as a reason for dismissal. Attorney General Jeff Sessions also wrote a letter recommending the removal.
Trump sent Comey a letter confirming his dismissal, noting he appreciated the former director informing him that he was not under investigation “on three separate” occasions.
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