Congressional representatives from Rochester area react to Comey firing

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Washington, D.C. - Lawmakers from our area have been reacting Tuesday night to news of FBI Director James Comey's firing.

The White House announced earlier in the day that President Donald Trump had removed Comey from his office, and that the search for a new FBI director would begin immediately.

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter released the following statement shortly after the news broke:

This is alarming and unprecedented. Now more than ever, we need an independent, 9/11 style investigation to look into Russia's meddling in our elections and Putin's hold over this administration. The American people have heard and seen enough. It is beyond time for answers.

Senator Chuck Schumer addressed media Tuesday night, saying he had told President Trump he was, "making a big mistake." He also called for a special prosecutor to investigate.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand echoed the sentiments of Senator Schumer on social media.

Republican Congressman Chris Collins released the following statement Tuesday night:

The Director of the FBI serves at the pleasure of the President. I respect President Trump's decision at the recommendation of the Attorney General. I am confident he and Attorney General Sessions will select an individual to lead the Bureau with the integrity and professionalism the American people expect and deserve.

Republican Congressman John Katko released this statement Wednesday morning:

“The American people and Congress deserve a clear explanation into the rationale and timing of Director Comey’s termination. I expect to learn more in the coming days. Moving forward, it is imperative that a qualified, independent, and respected individual be nominated in a timely manner to lead the FBI. No matter who leads the Bureau, it is of utmost importance that the men and women of the FBI are able to continue their high quality and independent work, including the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.”

Congressman John Katko released the following statement:

The American people and Congress deserve a clear explanation into the rationale and timing of Director Comey’s termination. I expect to learn more in the coming days. Moving forward, it is imperative that a qualified, independent, and respected individual be nominated in a timely manner to lead the FBI. No matter who leads the Bureau, it is of utmost importance that the men and women of the FBI are able to continue their high quality and independent work, including the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Congressman Tom Reed released the following statement Thursday:

The FBI Director serves at the pleasure of the President and I am confident that this action will ensure the FBI will be the righteous and just organization it needs to be for all Americans. As Americans, we all care about a fair and non-politicized examination of the facts and that our principles are protected.
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