Wyoming’s delegation recently issued responses to President Trump’s dismissal of FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday, May 9.
Trump wrote in the four paragraph letter, “While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I’m not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgement of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the Bureau.”
The White House said Trump had lost confidence in Comey. He had been criticized by Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein for the way the investigation into Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s emails was handled.
People form both sides of the aisle were skeptical of Comey, who recently sought additional resources for an FBI investigation into possible Russian interference in the presidential election. Trump’s dismissal of Comey has been compared to President Richard Nixon’s firing of a special prosecutor probing the Watergate break-in.
In a email from her spokesman to the Casper Star Tribune, U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney said she agrees with President Donald Trump’s dismissal of the chief of the FBI.
“President Trump was right to terminate FBI. Director Comey,” Cheney said. “Comey had usurped the power of the Attorney General and had lost the ability to run the FBI with objectivity and credibility.”
Cheney was the most supportive of James Comey’s termination in statements from Wyoming’s congressmen.
Sen. Mike Enzi said in a statement sent by his spokesman to the Casper Star Tribune that “The dismissal of the FBI director is nothing to be taken lightly, but it is clear that James Comey lost the confidence of not only his superiors at the Department of Justice, but also the president. . . . I will leave it to the Administration to answer questions about its decision. It will be the Senate’s role to confirm the nominee for this post, so I look forward to reviewing the qualifications of whomever the president submits. It’s vital our nation be confident in the fairness and independence of our top law enforcement agency.”
Sen. John Barrasso did not mention whether he supported Trump’s actions in a statement quoted by the Casper Star Tribune.
“I may not have always agreed with Director Comey’s actions, but I am grateful for his many years of service to our country,” he said in a statement sent by his spokeswoman. “I have full faith in the men and women of the FBI to begin rebuilding trust and confidence. All FBI investigations will continue without politics getting in the way of facts.”