Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr said Tuesday he was "troubled by the timing and reasoning" of President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey.
"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," the North Carolina Republican said in a strongly worded statement.
The Senate panel, which is co-chaired by Democrat Mark Warner of Virginia, is conducting its own probe into Russian dealings in the presidential election.
"In my interactions with the director and with the bureau under his leadership, he and the FBI have always been straightforward with our committee," Burr said. "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."
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