Senate Republicans are shying away from President Donald Trump’s firing of James Comey. Following the POTUS’ decision to fire the F.B.I. Director only 25% of Republican Senators have publicly supported his decision.
Senators have stopped short of voicing their criticism of the move but have acted in an unprecedented manner to remain silent on the issue.
Comey was fired immediately after he attempted to step-up his agencies inquiry of the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.
FiveThirtyEight tracked down statements on Comey’s firing from 48 of the Senate’s 52 Republican members. The analytics tracking platform found that only 12 Senators supported the termination. Those senators said Comey had lost his credibility among the intelligence collecting community.
Fifteen senators said the firing raised concerns about Trump’s “timing” for the termination.
An additional 21 senators offered only vague statements that didn’t defend or support Trump’s termination of Comey.
Here is the full breakdown of support, vague answers, and outright refusal to discuss the termination.
|RESPONSE||NUMBER OF SENATORS|
|Defend Comey firing||12||
|Says firing raises concerns||15||
|No statement available||4||
In direct opposition to the termination, an overwhelming number of Republicans had previously supported Trump’s decision to bomb Syria, his attempt to institute a travel ban, and his support of repealing and replacing Obamacare.
FiveThirtyEight also notes that very few Republicans have actually attempted to raise any questions whatsoever.
Because the President is within his rights to fire the Director of the F.B.I. there will be no formal vote that can provide a summation of the actual feelings Republican leaders have about the termination.
So far, not a single Republican has said they will attempt to stall Trump’s eventual pick for Comey’s successor.
A large number of Americans are now asking that a special prosecutor and committee be put in place to investigate the Trump administration’s collusion with the Russian government.
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