Fresno political leaders react to FBI director's firing

Fresno political leaders react to FBI director's firing

FRESNO, Calif. - President Donald Trump fired FBI director James Comey Tuesday, telling him in part, he's not able to effectively lead the bureau. The Trump Administration said it had nothing to do with the investigation into Russia's alleged tampering with the presidential election. But legal analyst, Don Larson said the timing of it seems unusual.

"Many people thought if Comey was going to be fired, it would've happened immediately after Trump became president. He's been president for three months now, why is it happening again at this time, that is the issue," said legal analyst, Don Larson.

Democrats who initially demanded Comey's firing for talking about Hillary Clinton's e-mails right before the election - are now outraged. 

"My reaction was very troubling," said congressional candidate, Andrew Janz.

The Fresno County Prosecutor who is running against Congressman Devin Nunes is now calling for a special prosecutor to get to the bottom of this.

"We can't have the president of the United States firing the FBI director while he's investigating the President of the United States. I think this firing strikes at the heart of our criminal justice system without a functioning criminal justice system, our democracy doesn't work," said Janz.

Chairman of Fresno County Republican Party, Fred Vanderhoof said today's firing has been a long time coming, since he says Comey let Hillary Clinton off the hook on her e-mail investigation.

"So he gave her a pass and we were, everybody was shocked when that happened and there have been 9 or 10 other events or mishandlings in the FBI," said Vanderhoof.

Rep. Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement:
“I find the President's decision to fire Director James Comey today deeply troubling.
“The Federal Bureau of Investigation is in the middle of a critical investigation to determine the extent of Russia's attempt to disrupt U.S. elections last year, as they have been negatively influencing democratic elections in recent years. Regardless of one’s political party affiliation, I believe all Americans agree that Russia – or any other country – should not be meddling in our elections. We must investigate fully Russia’s involvement in our election process, regardless of where the evidence leads.
“Months ago I stated that an independent commission should be named to investigate and determine the extent Russia influenced our election process, like we did during the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks on the United States. As we begin the process of appointing and confirming a new FBI director, I feel more strongly than ever that we need an independent commission to get to the bottom of this and ensure that no country in the future will ever affect U.S. elections.”


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