Schumer calls for special prosecutor in wake of Comey firing

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WSYR-TV) - Senate Minority Leader and New York Senator Chuck Schumer called for a special prosecutor in wake of President Donald Trump firing FBI director James Comey.

Comey’s termination was announced Tuesday.

Senator Schumer said he found the involvement of Attorney General Jeff Sessions troubling and that the president made a mistake.

He also called for special prosecutor in the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. election.

“I said to the President, ‘Mr. President, with all due respect, you are making a big mistake.’ The first question the administration has to answer is why now? If the Administration had objections to the way Director Comey handled the Clinton investigation, they had those objections the minute the President got into office. But they did not fire him then. Why did it happen today?” Schumer said on Tuesday.

Comey was responsible for the bureau's investigation into whether members of his campaign team colluded with Russia in its interference in last year's election.
Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is the acting director of the FBI, according to a message sent to FBI employees by Sessions.

The Trump administration attributed Comey's dismissal to his handling of the investigation into Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's email sever, but Democrats ridiculed that notion, raising parallels to Watergate-era firings and suggested Comey was getting too close to the White House with the Russia probe.

“Given the way the President fired Director Comey, any person who he appoints to lead the Russia investigation will be concerned that he or she will meet the same fate as Director Comey if they run afoul of the Administration. The American people need to have faith that an investigation as serious as this one is being conducted impartially, without a shred of bias. The only way the American people can have faith in this investigation is for it to be led by a fearless, independent special prosecutor. If Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein does not appoint an independent special prosecutor, every American will rightly suspect that the decision to fire Director Comey was part of a cover-up,” Schumer concluded.

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