Democratic lawmakers demanded the appointment of a special
"Now it's even more important that an independent special counsel is appointed to investigate the Russian interference in our elections," New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker said.
New York Sen. 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," he added.
Trump shot back at the Schumer on Twitter.
@realDonaldTrump Cryin' Chuck Schumer stated recently, "I do not have confidence in him (James Comey) any longer." Then acts so indignant. #draintheswamp
The president called top Judiciary Committee Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein before announcing the decision, her office said.
"The next FBI director must be strong and independent and will receive a fair hearing in the Judiciary Committee," her statement said.
Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who
Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in a tweet sent a message of encouragement to the career men and women of the FBI and Justice Department. Holder played a major consultative role in the Obama administration selection of Comey as FBI director, it was reported at the time.
@EricHolder To the career men and women at DOJ/FBI: you know what the job entails and how to do it. Be strong and unafraid. Duty. Honor. Country.
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
"This is Nixonian," Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey said. "Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein must immediately appoint a special prosecutor to continue the Trump/Russia investigation."
New Mexico Senator Martin Heinrich added: "President Trump's dismissal of FBI Director Comey smacks of President Nixon's Saturday Night Massacre. … If this is an effort to stop the investigations into Russian collusion with the Trump campaign, it won't succeed."
Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz said the nation was in "a full-fledged constitutional crisis."