Democrats in the Senate moved to slow committee business in response to President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey.
"Because of the decision last night by the president of the United States to terminate the director of the FBI and the questions that its raised we gathered together, the Democratic senators on the floor, and listened as our leader at least suggested a path for us to follow as an institution facing this constitutional question," Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said after objecting to the usual request to waive a rule against committee meetings lasting longer than two hours after the Senate convenes, according to The Hill.
"We clearly have the option of slowing down the proceedings of the Senate if there's not proper response from Republicans," Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said following a private meeting of the Democratic caucus about Comey.
"If there was ever a time when circumstances warranted a special prosecutor, it is right now," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said from the Senate floor on Wednesday, according to The Washington Post.
"Today we'll no doubt hear calls for a new investigation, which could only serve to impede the current work," said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in response.
This will directly impact the nomination hearings for three deputies to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who recommended to Trump that he fire Comey.
In addition to their attempt to slow the Senate, Democrats have renewed their calls for an independent investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election.
"The president's sudden and brazen firing of the FBI Director raises the ghosts of some of the worst executive branch abuses," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Tuesday. "The interests of justice demand Congress act immediately to create an independent, bipartisan commission to pursue the Trump-Russia investigation free from the Administration's attempts to silence it."
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