And Democratic Party of Georgia chair DuBose Porter invoked Trump’s firing of Sally Yates, a former Georgia prosecutor who was briefly the acting U.S. Attorney General, in condemning Trump’s decision and echoing the calls for a special prosecutor.
“Our national security is at stake and these demands must be met immediately,” he said. “We cannot trust Donald Trump to investigate himself. We just cannot trust Donald Trump.”
Handel wasn’t the only Georgia Republican leader to keep quiet. Most of the state’s GOP establishment had no public comment on the decision by late Tuesday.
Trump linked his decision to fire Comey to his handling of the probe into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she served as secretary of state. But his termination letter to Comey invoked the Russia inquiry, mentioning "three separate occasions" where he said the FBI chief told him he wasn't under investigation.
The decision led to widespread bipartisan criticism in Washington. Several GOP lawmakers, including Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, said they support an independent inquiry into Russia’s ties to Trump's campaign. And Sen. Chuck Schumer, the Senate Democratic leader, suggested Trump fired Comey as part of a cover-up.
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