Pennsylvania lawmakers weigh in on Comey firing

Sen. Casey calls Comey firing "Nixonian"

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump said Republicans and Democrats will soon "be thanking me" for firing FBI Director James Comey.

Trump tweeted Wednesday morning that Comey had "lost the confidence of almost everyone in Washington, Republican and Democrat alike." He added: "When things calm down, they will be thanking me!"

Trump abruptly fired Comey Tuesday night. The surprise decision came amid the law enforcement agency's investigation into whether Trump's presidential campaign was connected to Russian meddling in the election.

Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, a Democrat, wasted no time in weighing in on the firing of Comey.

"This is Nixonian. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein must immediately appoint a special counsel to continue the Trump-Russia investigation," Casey said.

Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, a Republican, said in a statement, "I have doubted the ability of Director Comey to lead the FBI effectively for some time now, but the timing of his dismissal is unfortunate."

He continued to say, "The next FBI director should continue pursuing ongoing investigations, including the 2016 presidential campaign."

Republican U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent also released a statement on Comey's firing.

Dent said Comey is "a decent and honorable man who was put in an extremely difficult situation." The statement went on to say, "His firing by President Trump is both confounding and troubling, and it is now harder to resist calls for an independent investigation or select committee. The president must provide a much clearer explanation as to the timing and rationale for this action."

Republican U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker weighed in on Comey's firing. Smucker released a statement that read, in part: "The decision to dismiss Director Comey raises serious and legitimate questions about timing, intent, and the integrity of ongoing investigations. My constituents deserve answers and I hope to see a full explanation soon."

U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, a Republican who represents Pennsylvania's 11th District, also released a statement in response. He said, in part, "There is no doubt that Director Coomey had a very difficult job as the leader of our nation's top independent law enforcement agency. I am confident that the FBI will continue to do its job and purso ongoing investigations in a fair and factual manner, as will the bipartisan congressional committees currently conducting their own investigations."

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