“You are making a big mistake”
Well, that didn’t take long. Just moments after the shocking firing of FBI Director James Comey had begun to settle in Washington D.C., a number of prominent Democrats spoke out, saying Trump’s move reeks of an attempted cover-up into investigations over improper involvement with Russian officials.
The flurry of comments from people such as former Hillary Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook hit its apparent climax when Chuck Schumer, the leading Democrat in the U.S. Senate, called for an investigation:
“Mr. President, with all due respect, you are making a big mistake,” Schumer told reporters on Tuesday afternoon, calling for a special prosecutor into the case and saying, “this investigation must be run as far away as possible from this White House.”
“We are careening ever closer to a Constitutional crisis, and this development only underscores why we must appoint a special prosecutor,” added Sen. Ed Markey.
Meanwhile, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, a former rival of Trump for the Republican presidential nomination, said the firing of Comey shouldn’t affect the ongoing Russia investigation, noting it was being headed by the Justice Department. “I would expect the FBI to continue to function along the lines that we have come to expect it to function,” he told CNN.
Trump’s decision was backed by another regular nemesis, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, who called it a chance for a “fresh start.”
And while Sen. Bob Casey called the firing “Nixonian,” the Richard Nixon Presidential Library actually chimed in to note that for all the people he did fire (including a special prosecutor), the disgraced former president never went so far as to fire his FBI director during the height of the Watergate scandal:
So, that’s what it has come to, apparently. When allies of Richard Nixon are piling on, you’re in for choppy seas.