Democratic lawmakers demanded the appointment of a special prosecutor Tuesday night after FBI Director James Comey was fired.
"Now it's even more important that an independent special counsel is appointed to investigate the Russian interference in our elections," said New Jersey Senator Cory Booker.
"In case the need for an independent special prosecutor to investigate #TrumpRussia ties wasn't clear enough already…it sure is now," said Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley.
New York Senator Charles Schumer used the word "cover up."
"If we don't get a special prosecutor, every American will rightfully suspect that the decision to fire #Comey was part of a cover-up," Schumer said.
"The next FBI director must be strong and independent and will receive a fair hearing in the Judiciary Committee," her statement said.
Virginia Senator and former Hillary Clinton running mate Tim Kaine took to Twitter to call the firing of Comey a sign of "how frightened the Admin is over Russia investigation."
Some Democrats charged that the sudden ouster by the president of the FBI chief had echoes of Watergate.
"This is Nixonian," said Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey. "Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein must