President Trump sent shockwaves through the political world Tuesday evening when he announced he was firing FBI Director James Comey, citing recommendations from the top officials in the Justice Department that included disapproval of the way Comey handled the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server during the campaign.
Although Congressional Democrats had criticized the way Comey handled the investigation into Clinton’s email, they strongly disapproved of the decision to terminate him, calling the timing into suspicion and highlighting concern about the future of the FBI investigation into possible ties between Trump campaign associates and Russia.
Many Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, reiterated their calls for an independent prosecutor to handle to Russia investigation.
The American people need to have faith that an investigation as serious as this one is being conducted impartially, without a shred of bias,” Schumer said shortly after the announcement. “The only way the American people can have faith in this investigation is for it to be led by a fearless, independent special prosecutor.”
Here’s the full transcript of Schumer’s remarks.