Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.)
- Burr, the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is leading an investigation into the Trump campaign’s possible Russian ties, said he’s “troubled by the timing and reasoning of Director Comey’s termination.”
- “His dismissal further confuses an already difficult investigation by the Committee,” Burr tweeted.
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.)
- “I’ve spent the last several hours trying to find an acceptable rationale for the timing of Comey’s firing,” Flake tweeted Tuesday night. “I just can’t do it.”
Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.)
- In a statement, Sasse called the timing of Comey’s firing “very troubling,” adding that he reached out to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein “for clarity on his rationale.”
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)
- McCain said in a statement he’s “disappointed” in Trump’s firing of Comey, and re-iterated his call for a “special congressional committee to investigate Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.”
Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.)
- Amash tweeted Tuesday night that he was, “reviewing legislation to establish an independent commission on Russia.”
- Amash cited the “bizarre” second paragraph of Trump’s letter announcing Comey’s dismissal, in which Trump claims Comey told him three times he was not under FBI investigation.
Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.)
- Comstock, one of the most vulnerable House Republicans up for re-election in 2016, said in a statement that she “can’t defend or explain tonight’s actions or timing of the firing of FBI Director James Comey.”
- Comstock also called for an “independent investigation” of the Russian influence on the election “that the American people can trust.” Read more (5/10/17 10:20 AM)