Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on Tuesday condemned President Donald Trump for firing former FBI Director James Comey and said that there will be much more to come as the investigation moves forward into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Although White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Tuesday night that Comey’s dismissal had nothing to do with various ongoing Russia-related probes, Russia was in the forefront of McCain’s mind when he spoke about Trump’s actions Tuesday during the Munich Security Conference.
“This scandal is going to go on. I’ve seen it before,” McCain said.
“This is a centipede. I guarantee you there will be more shoes to drop, I can just guarantee it. There’s just too much information that we don’t have that will be coming out,” he said, vowing that investigations into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia will continue.
“I have long called for a special congressional committee to investigate Russia’s interference in the 2016 election,” McCain said. “The president’s decision to remove the FBI Director only confirms the need and the urgency of such a committee.”
Democrats have demanded that an independent commission and special prosecutor probe allegations that the Trump campaign aides colluded with Russia in the election.
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine., said on Fox News that Democrats’ allegations that Comey was fired to stop the FBI’s the Russia investigation were “patently absurd.”
“This is just one person. It’s the director,” she said. “The investigation is going forward, both at the FBI and in the Senate Intelligence Committee in a bipartisan way.”
McCain said Trump had the right to act as he did, but the action was a mistake.
“The president does have that constitutional authority. But I can’t help but think that this is not a good thing for America,” he said. “I regret it, I think it’s unfortunate.”
In discussing Comey’s ouster, McCain referenced former President Richard Nixon’s “Saturday Night Massacre” in 1973, when he fired special prosecutor Archibald Cox.
“Probably the most respected individual in all of the American government is probably the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation,” McCain said. “I’m very sorry that this has happened.”
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