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Sanders: Trump fired Comey to 'kill inquiries' into Trump, Russia ties

Sanders: Trump fired Comey to 'kill inquiries' into Trump, Russia ties
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersBooker holds 'Get Out the Vote' event in South Carolina as presidential speculation builds The Democratic Donald Trump is coming Biden: Trump administration 'coddles autocrats and dictators' MORE (I-Vt.) slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Guardian slams Trump over comments about assault on reporter Five takeaways from the first North Dakota Senate debate Watchdog org: Tillerson used million in taxpayer funds to fly throughout US MORE Tuesday for firing FBI Director James Comey, calling his decision “deeply troubling” and suggesting that the president is attempting to sway the FBI’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.

“Donald Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey raises serious questions about what his administration is hiding,” Sanders said in a statement. “Why did President Trump fire the person leading the investigation into possible collusion between his campaign and the Russian government?”

The Vermont senator questioned the timing of Comey’s dismissal, pointing to Comey’s scheduled appearance in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

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“I find it deeply troubling that this decision comes a day after damning testimony by former acting Attorney General Sally Yates on Russia’s ties to the Trump campaign and just days before Comey was scheduled to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee,” Sanders said.

“President Trump has repeatedly taken steps to kill inquiries into Russia’s involvement in the U.S. election. It is clear that whomever President Trump handpicks to lead the FBI will not be able to objectively carry out this investigation," he added. "We need an independent investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.

Sanders’s comments come after other Democrats have criticized the decision and alleged that the president is using "Nixonian" tactics to stand in the way of the investigation.