President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey was getting some blowback from Republicans on Capitol Hill on Tuesday night – including one conservative House Freedom Caucus member calling the move "bizarre."
Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said he was "troubled by the timing and reasoning" of the firing.
"I have found Director Comey to be a public servant of the highest order, and his dismissal further confuses an already difficult investigation by the committee," Burr said in a statement to The Washington Post.
"In my interactions with the director and with the Bureau under his leadership, he and the FBI have always been straightforward with our committee. Director Comey has been more forthcoming with information than any FBI Director I can recall in my tenure on the congressional intelligence committees. His dismissal, I believe, is a loss for the Bureau and the nation."
Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., called Comey's "removal at this particular time will raise questions."
"It is essential that ongoing investigations are fulsome and free of political interference until their completion, and it is imperative that President [Donald] Trump nominate a well-respected and qualified individual to lead the Bureau at this critical time," he warned.
Frequent Trump critic, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said Trum's authority to fire Comey was not in question, but McCain was "disappointed" by the move.
"James Comey is a man of honor and integrity, and he has led the FBI well in extraordinary circumstances," McCain said in a statement, per the Post. "I have long called for a special congressional committee to investigate Russia's interference in the 2016 election. The president's decision to remove the FBI director only confirms the need and the urgency of such a committee."
Freedom Caucus member Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., said in a tweet he was "reviewing legislation to establish an independent commission on Russia."
And he pointed to the second paragraph of Trump's letter to Comey "bizarre."
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