7 Reactions to President Trump Firing James Comey
President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday, putting what many describe as an abrupt end to the controversial federal official's tenure.
The firing has been viewed by many to be surprising and suspicious, in light of the ongoing investigation into President Trump's ties to Russia and its high-profile leader, Vladimir Putin.
"Mr. Trump explained the firing by citing Mr. Comey's handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, even though the president was widely seen to have benefited politically from that inquiry and had once praised Mr. Comey for his 'guts' in his pursuit of Mrs. Clinton during the campaign," reported The New York Times.
"But in his letter to Mr. Comey, released to reporters by the White House, the president betrayed his focus on the continuing inquiry into Russia and his aides."
Comey's sudden dismissal prompted a wave of reactions, most of them negative. Here are seven reactions from both liberals and conservatives.
1. Jeff Flake
Republican Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona posted on Twitter that he had issues with President Trump's firing of FBI director Comey.
"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," tweeted Senator Flake, whose post as of Wednesday morning has over 16,000 retweets and more than 39,000 likes.
2. Mike Huckabee
Former Arkansas Governor and Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee took to Twitter to denounce what he considered the hypocrisy of liberals in denouncing the firing of Comey.
"CNN now stands for Cardiac Care Network because their ppl are having heart attacks over Trump doing what Dems once demanded-fire Comey," posted Huckabee.
CNN Anchor Jake Tapper noticed an issue with Huckabee's tweet, responding Wednesday morning to Huckabee on Twitter that "Comedy is hard. Acronyms Harder."
3. Kurt Eichenwald
Vanity Fair Contributing Editor and Newsweek Senior Writer Kurt Eichenwald stated on Twitter that he believed the firing of Comey to be linked to the ongoing investigation into Trump's alleged ties to Russia.
"If Trump White House actually expected anyone 2 believe Comey firing had nothing to do with Russia - even if it didn't! - they're deluded," tweeted Eichenwald on Tuesday.
Ironically, Eichenwald penned a column last November just before the election arguing that Comey was "unfit for public service."
"He has broken these rules time and again, leaving himself in the position where he decided he had to break them a couple of more times," argued Eichenwald last year.
"He has acted with a lack of accountability that has not been seen since J. Edgar Hoover held the post. It is unforgiveable."
4. John McCain
Republican Arizona Senator and former Republican presidential nominee John McCain released a statement Tuesday expressing disappointment at the decision to fire Comey.
"James Comey is a man of honor and integrity, and he has led the FBI well in extraordinary circumstances," stated Sen. McCain.
"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."
5. James Lankford
Republican Senator James Lankford of Oklahoma released a statement Tuesday commending Comey for his service and demanding an explanation for his dismissal.
"In the days ahead, the American people need clarity and deserve an explanation for his immediate firing," stated Sen. Lankford.
"It is unfortunate that over the past year the Director had lost the trust of so many people on both sides of the aisle. It is now important that the Senate confirm the next FBI Director with a thorough and fair process."
6. Bernie Sanders
Vermont Senator and former Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders stated that he believed the Comey firing "raises serious questions about what his administration is hiding."
"Why did President Trump fire the person leading the investigation into possible collusion between his campaign and the Russian government?" said Sen. Sanders in a statement.
"I find it deeply troubling that this decision comes a day after damning testimony by former acting Attorney General Sally Yates on Russia's ties to the Trump campaign and just days before Comey was scheduled to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee."
Sanders echoed the calls of others for an independent investigation into the alleged ties Trump has with Russia and to what extent the Eastern European nation was involved in the election.
7. Robby Mook
Former Hillary Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook expressed concern over the firing of Comey, saying on CNBC's Squawk Box program that "I think there were serious questions raised about how he handled this."
"But the idea that the same day that we find out subpoenas are going out relevant to the Russia investigation into President Trump's campaign, he decides to suddenly fire the director of the FBI because he claims he's upset about he handled Hillary's e-mails," added Mook.