Ohio leaders react to FBI's Comey firing

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday, a move that has been considered swift and abrupt. Comey's firing came in the middle of an FBI investigation into whether President Trump was aware of Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election. President Trump said the firing was a move towards restoring "public trust and confidence" to the FBI.

Comey recently testified to Congress on an investigation into former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's use of her email accounts

Some Republican and Democratic officials seemed stunned and caught off guard by President Trump's decision. In Ohio, Republican Governor John Kasich said in a statement, "I am extremely troubled by the circumstances surrounding the dismissal of FBI Director James Comey, who has served this nation honorably."

U.S. Senator Rob Portman issued a statement on the firing of FBI Director James Comey:

"I want to thank Director Comey for his service to our country. Regardless of his handling of the Clinton email matter during the presidential election last year — for which both parties had questions and concerns — he has always done what he believed was in the best interest of the country. Given the timing and circumstances of the decision, I believe the White House should provide a fuller explanation regarding the president's rationale. The American people must have faith in a strong, independent FBI. I'm concerned about eroding trust in this premier law enforcement agency. It is important that whoever is nominated to succeed Director Comey is a highly-qualified and respected leader who will provide a fresh start for the bureau."

Democratic U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown said, "the President firing the FBI Director in the middle of an investigation into the White House's ties to Russia raises serious questions about the independence of the FBI and the integrity of the ongoing investigation.

Comey's deputy, Andrew McCabe, will now take over as the FBI Director until a permanent replacement is found.

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