People took to social media Tuesday to express shock at the news that President TrumpDonald TrumpRobert Gates says 'extreme polarization' is the greatest threat to US democracy Cassidy says he won't vote for Trump if he runs in 2024 Schiff says holding Bannon in criminal contempt 'a way of getting people's attention' MORE had fired FBI Director James Comey, with some calling the decision suspicious and raising questions about how the firing will affect investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Trump fired Comey based on the recommendation of Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits McCabe wins back full FBI pension after being fired under Trump Overnight Hillicon Valley — Apple issues security update against spyware vulnerability MORE and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters.
“It is essential that we find new leadership for the FBI that restores public trust and confidence in its vital law enforcement mission,” the president wrote in a letter to Comey dated Tuesday.
Lawmakers, celebrities, reporters and political observers took to social media to share their reactions to the news.
Say hello to FBI Director Kushner https://t.co/NqAGalsOpH— Rep. Rick LarsenRichard (Rick) Ray LarsenFAA: New manufacturing issue discovered in undelivered Boeing 787 Dreamliners Newest Boeing 737 Max takes first test flight Democrats seek answers from Boeing, FAA after production issues with 737 Max, Dreamliner jets MORE (@RepRickLarsen) May 9, 2017
Comey firing part of a growing pattern by White House to cover-up the truth— Senator Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineFill the Eastern District of Virginia Defense & National Security — Military starts giving guidance on COVID-19 vaccine refusals Blinken pressed to fill empty post overseeing 'Havana syndrome' MORE (@timkaine) May 9, 2017
The "you're fired" approach doesn’t work when you're President. @POTUS you're creating a crisis of confidence in our Justice Department.— Chris Van Hollen (@ChrisVanHollen) May 9, 2017
Trump’s firing of FBI Dir. #Comey raises serious questions & highlights need for special prosecutor to look into Trump-Russia ties.— Senator Jack ReedJack ReedSenators ask Biden administration to fund program that helps people pay heating bills LIVE COVERAGE: Senators press military leaders on Afghanistan Top Republican: General told senators he opposed Afghanistan withdrawal MORE (@SenJackReed) May 9, 2017
Firing of #Comey compromises investigation of White House ties to Russians – no doubt now special prosecutor is necessary.— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) May 9, 2017
I'm no fan of FBI Comey, but firing him in midst of Russia probe raises very serious concerns. Remember result of Nixon-Cox.— Rep. Michael Capuano (@RepMikeCapuano) May 9, 2017
Now it's even more important that an independent special counsel is appointed to investigate the Russian interference in our elections. pic.twitter.com/WcoxtbfSyW— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) May 9, 2017
Twilight zone. I was as disappointed and frustrated as anyone at how the email investigation was handled. But this terrifies me.— Robby Mook (@RobbyMook) May 9, 2017
And now Donald Trump gets to appoint the FBI director who will investigate Donald Trump.— Lawrence O'Donnell (@Lawrence) May 9, 2017
I've thought all along that Trump was a legitimacy crisis waiting to happen. But so soon, so dramatically? Wow.— Paul Krugman (@paulkrugman) May 9, 2017
This FBI Director has sought for years to jail me on account of my political activities. If I can oppose his firing, so can you. https://t.co/zUp5kquy8q— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) May 9, 2017