Michigan Lawmakers Respond to Trump's Firing of Comey

May 9, 2017

Michigan's U.S. Senators reacted quickly to President Trump's firing FBI Director James Comey. 

Reaction was swift to President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey.

Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan) sent the following message on Twitter: "Deeply troubling that President Trump fired FBI Dir. Comey, who was leading Trump-Russia investigation. We need an independent prosecutor!"

Senator Gary Peters (D-Michigan) also reacted on Twitter: "Trump firing FBI Director investigating his ties to Russia is just latest in long list of reasons why we need special prosecutor re: Russia."

Later he Tweeted: "Trump can now hand pick the person charged w leading investigation into his campaign ties w Russia. No chance of impartiality, transparency."

The president fired FBI Director James Comey, who was overseeing an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 elections and possible ties to the Trump campaign and top aides.

The White House pointed to Comey's handling of the probe into Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's private email server while secretary of state as the reason for his dismissal. But Democrats were quick to call the move "Nixonian,"claiming that the decision by President Trump was part of an effort to impede the Justice Department's Russia investigation which, in the view of many leading Capitol Hill Democrats, could now only be managed by a special prosecutor going forward.