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Dems: Comey Chaos Harmed Chances for Bipartisanship 

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Rep. Peter Welch (AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 16 May 2017 11:22 AM

President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey has diminished the chances of bipartisan cooperation on the few issues on which both side seems to agree, according to numerous Democratic congressman, The Hill reported on Tuesday.

Democrats said the firing, and the chaos in the White House surrounding the decision, has not only increased their distrust of the president, but has made it more difficult for Trump to exert his influence over Republicans.

"When all of his time is absorbed with all of this drama, he doesn't have the time or space to focus his administration on other issues," Vermont Rep. Peter Welch said, The Hill reports.  

"Intention is one thing, but having the energy diverted makes progress on just about anything impossible."

Despite severe difference with Trump from the start of his administration, Democrats had been hopeful that there could be cooperation on several issues, such as investment in infrastructure and tax reform.

For example, Welch and fellow Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings emerged optimistic from a White House meeting with Trump in March following discussions over legislation that would empower Medicare to negotiate directly with pharmaceutical companies for lower drug prices, according to CNN.

Cummings went as far to say at the time that Trump was enthusiastic about the plan.

But much has changed in the last few months, as Virginia Rep. Gerry Connolly explained that the president's actions have caused the Democratic grassroots to so dislike him that any attempt to work together with him will be more difficult to explain to the party base.

"Every latest outrage, every latest vicious tweet, makes it hard for Democrats to cooperate with this president with any level of tolerance from the base," Connolly said, according to The Hill. 

"Democrats are increasingly aware that he's making it so difficult to cooperate that to cooperate is at your peril."

However, not all Democrats have thrown in the towel on cooperation or say the chaos over the Comey firing will harm the efforts, The Hill notes.

Wisconsin Rep. Mark Pocan, who is vice chairman of the Progressive Caucus, told The Hill: "We're not going to hold that against him on other issues. If he really wants to make it so people have affordable prescription drugs, of course we'll work with him.

He added, however, that "at the same time we're going to work like hell to make sure we get a special prosecutor [for the Russia probe] so the American people know what's going on."

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President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey has diminished the chances of bipartisan cooperation on the few issues on which both side seems to agree, according to numerous Democratic congressman, The Hill reported on Tuesday.
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