By Kayla Walker
INDIANAPOLIS — With President Donald Trump firing FBI Director James Comey, Indiana Democrats are questioning the president’s motives.
“There are serious questions about the president’s decision to dismiss Director Comey while he was at the center of one of the most important FBI investigations in recent memory,” U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly said in a statement. “The American people deserve answers regarding Russia’s interference in our election.”
Donnelly is pushing for Trump to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate ties between Russia and the Trump campaign. U.S. Rep. André Carson, a Democrat who represents most of Indianapolis, is also concerned about Comey’s termination.
“This raises a lot of questions,” Carson tweeted. “Firing the man investigating #RussiaHacking – with no explanation- we need answers!”
The Trump administration attributed the firing to Comey’s handling of the investigation into then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s email server. In Trump’s termination letter, he stated that the attorney general and deputy attorney general both recommended firing Comey.
“It’s unfortunate to see many who turned a blind eye to Hillary Clinton’s scandals and demanded Comey’s firing back then now feign outrage and demand investigations to advance their political agenda,” U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita, a Republican who represents the 4th District, said in a statement.
Rokita argued Trump’s decision is not unprecedented since President Bill Clinton fired an FBI director in 1993.
Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Banks, who represents the 3rd District in northeastern Indiana, said in a statement that Comey had lost the trust of both Republicans and Democrats.
“While President Trump must explain the rationale behind this decision, he now has the opportunity to name a new FBI director who is both widely respected and non-partisan,” he said.
Banks also is pushing for congressional and FBI investigations into Russia’s actions without interruption.
Kayla Walker is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.