Indiana senators, representatives respond to firing of FBI Director Comey

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — As politicians across the country gave their views on the firing of FBI director Jame Comey by President Donald Trump, Indiana’s senators provided their own perspectives.

Sen. Todd Young (R) issued the following statement:

I am working to learn the facts behind the President’s decision, but I hope new leadership in the FBI will help restore Americans’ confidence in the Bureau.”

Sen. Joe Donnelly (D) tweeted the following statement, also released on his website:

Rep. Jim Banks (R-3) tweeted the following reaction:

Rep. Banks also released the following statement on the subject:

The leader of our nation’s top law-enforcement agency must have the trust of the American people. Through a variety of questionable decisions, Director Comey lost the trust of both Republicans and Democrats.

While President Trump must explain the rationale behind this decision, he now has the opportunity to name a new FBI director who is both widely respected and non-partisan. It also is important that Congressional and FBI investigations into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election continue without interruption.

Meanwhile, Rep. Andre Carson tweeted this:

Rep. Todd Rokita released the following statement about the firing of Comey:

The FBI Director serves at the pleasure of the President of the United States. There is nothing unprecedented, or exceptional, about President Trump’s decision to fire Director Comey. President Clinton fired an FBI Director in 1993. It’s unfortunate to see many who turned a blind eye to Hillary Clinton’s scandals and demanded Comey’s firing back then now feign outrage and demand investigations to advance their political agenda. I am confident President Trump will nominate an FBI director with the managerial skills, demonstrated track record of objectivity and commitment to the rule of law necessary to move the FBI beyond the political controversies of the last year.

With grave security threats at home and abroad, I hope President Trump and the Senate move quickly to nominate and confirm Comey’s successor and help the FBI keep America safe.

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