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Sen. Coons: Comey Probe Might Have Been 'Too Close' for Trump

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Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

By    |   Thursday, 11 May 2017 03:27 PM

Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., said his concern with President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director Jim Comey is the FBI probe into potential Russian interference in the U.S. election could have been coming closer to finding out the facts.

"The FBI investigation is picking up speed, and my concern, and the concern of many of my colleagues, is that the FBI director was fired because he was beginning to get too close," Coons said Thursday on CNN's "New Day," according to The Hill.

The senator said the firing could have been an attempt to impede the investigation.

"This is a deeply concerning moment where either the president has fired the FBI director because he didn't like how he treated Hillary Clinton, or there's a real attempt at obstructing justice going on here," Coons said.

While Attorney General Jeff Sessions had recused himself from the Russia probe, he appeared to be involved with Comey's firing, as President Trump sought his advice. 

"My concern is that this looks like a politically motivated firing: where an attorney general, who had recused himself, interjected himself; where a president who had personal motivations to try and end an investigation into collusion between his campaign and the Russians, took a politically motivated action," the senator said.

Concerns remain an FBI investigation will not be impartial, Coons added.

"If we can't clear that cloud, how will the public, how will those of us in the Senate, have confidence in whatever conclusion the FBI reaches?" he said. 

At another point during the "New Day" interview, Coons said a special counsel is a must in the White House/Russia investigation.

"The most important thing here is for all of us in the Senate to get to the bottom of why Comey was fired," Coon told CNN. "If President Trump doesn't nominate as the next director of the FBI someone who is independent, someone who is a career federal prosecutor, then I think the questions are only going to get louder, and the demands for an independent counsel are only going to get stronger and more bipartisan."

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Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., said his concern with President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director Jim Comey is the FBI probe into potential Russian interference in the U.S. election could have been coming closer to finding out the facts.
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