President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey because "he had become the issue" and "was a distraction," according to Louisiana Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy.
Cassidy, on Fox News' "Fox and Friends" on Wednesday, said he found out about Comey's termination upon getting home Tuesday night.
The senator described Comey as "an American who cares deeply about the country, but he had become the issue” and a "distraction." He also said, "I think in his heart of hearts agrees that is not what it should be,” and admitted that it was “terrible timing."
Cassidy denied that the director's termination will affect any investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election, as some Democrats have feared, saying that "Comey is overseeing but others are investigating," and that they will continue to do so.
He also said that Comey had lost the trust of those on Capitol Hill, describing it as "regrettable" because he believes Comey "cares deeply about our country" and “is in a tough situation."
Trump explained the firing on Wednesday by saying Comey “wasn’t doing a good job. Very simply. He was not doing a good job."
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