President Trump fires FBI director, Wisconsin politicians weigh in

Published: May. 9, 2017 at 10:18 PM CDT
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President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey Tuesday afternoon.

President Trump sent a letter to Comey's office that said, "While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgement of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the bureau."

Trump's administration said the termination is in relation to Comey's investigation into Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's email server.

Last week, while testifying about Clinton's former Aide Huma Abedin, who is accused of sending classified emails to former congressman and estranged husband Anthony Weinger, comey said Abedin forwarded "hundreds and thousands of emails, some of which contained classified information."

However, officials close to the bureau said Comey wasn't being truthful. The officials said the majority of the emails on Weiner's computer got there via a backup system from Abedin's phone, not because she was forwarding them to him.

In a letter to President Trump Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions asked for Comey's termination after saying, "the director of the FBI must be someone who follows faithfully the rules and principles of the Department of Justice and who sets the right example for our law enforcement officials and others in the department."

But others think the termination happened because of a different investigation going on right now. Comey is responsible for the investigation into members of Trump's campaign team to see if they conspired with Russia in its interference in last year's election.

Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin released a statement saying, "Russia attacked our democracy and the American people deserve answers. President Trump’s decision to make this move tonight is an attack on the rule of law and raises more questions that demand answers. Firing the FBI Director does not place the White House, the President, or his campaign above the law. "

Now politicians on both sides of the aisle are calling on Congress to appoint a special prosecutor to take over the investigation.

Republican Senator John McCain says he has been calling for a special congressional committee to look into the Russian interference and said Trump's decision on Tuesday "only confirms the need and the urgency of such a committee."

"If Deputy Attorney Rosenstein does not appoint an independent special prosecution, every American will rightly suspect that the decision to fire Director Comey was part of a cover up," said Sen. Chuck Schumer, Democratic Senate Minority Leader.

Wisconsin Congressman Mike Gallagher said as the investigation continues "it's imperative that Congress exercise it's constitutionally mandated oversight responsibilities and that the president chooses an independent, highly-qualified individual to lead the FBI."

Senator Ron Johnson released a statement saying, "I thank Director Comey for his service and wish him well in the future.”

Until the White House finds a new FBI director, Deputy Director Andrew McCabe will fill in as acting director.