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Sewell and Strange divided over FBI Director Comey’s firing

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, May 9, 2017, US Representative Terri A. Sewell (D-Selma) commented on the controversial firing of FBI Director James Comey.

Congresswoman Sewell said, “For any American concerned about the integrity of our democracy, President Trump’s decision to fire the man leading an investigation into his campaign’s ties to Russia should set off an alarm.”

Vice President Mike Pence (R) said that President Donald Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, “was based solely and exclusively on his commitment to the best interests of the American people.”

US Senator Luther Strange (R) said in his own statement, “As always, I have complete confidence in our Attorney General Jeff Sessions and trust the advice he gave President Trump to dismiss FBI Director James Comey. I fully support the President’s decision to install new leadership at the FBI.”

Sen. Strange appeared on the Fox Business Channel’s Stuart Varney & Co. show to defend the President’s decision to fire Comey.

That President Trump consulted AG Jeff Sessions (R) is troubling to some because Comey, in his role as FBI Director, technically is the lead investigator into the investigation into allegations of Russian intelligence coordination with the Trump campaign team. AG Sessions has recused himself from the Russian investigation because of his own acknowledged meetings with the Russian ambassador to the US.

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Democrats including Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) have called on a special prosecutor to be appointed to lead the investigation into the Trump campaign’s alleged ties to Russia.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) has blamed Russian hackers and James Comey for her defeat in the 2016 Presidential election.

When asked by reporters why he fired the FBI Director, President Trump said, “He was doing a terrible job.”

Former Governor Robert Bentley (R) selected former Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange to replace Senator Jeff Sessions when President Trump selected Sessions to be US Attorney General.

Congresswoman Terri Sewell represents Alabama’s Seventh Congressional District.

 

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Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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