Washington – Several top Democrats and Republicans criticized President Trump decision for firing FBI Director James Comey.

“Mr. President, with all due respect, you are making a big mistake,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters he told Trump when the President called him earlier.

Schumer added that it’s time for a special prosecutor to lead an investigation and that “this investigation must be run as far away as possible from this White House”.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi had a similar opinion as she called for “an independent, bipartisan commission” following Comey’s dismissal as well.

Senator Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee said during an interview with CNN describing Trump’s behavior as “outrageous.” He said that government officials should “stand against the president’s violations”.

Warner compared Trump’s behavior to the former President Richard Nixon, who had to step down at the start of his second term because of the Watergate scandal.

Trump’s decision caused a split among Republicans, as some defended the decision, while others criticized it.

Meanwhile, Senator Lindsey Graham, who is leading the investigation on Russia’s interventions in the US elections, supported Trump’s decision, saying that he back the president to choose the qualified person to serve United States interests.

Several Republican Senators expressed their concerns over Trump’s decision to dismiss Comey.

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr said in a statement that he was “concerned about the timing and justifications for Comey’s dismissal.” While, Senator Ben Sasse said in a statement that the timing of Comey’s dismissal was worrying, regardless of the 2016 election investigations. (QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency