- Sen. John Thune says if the Trump administration answers questions "quickly and honestly," things will get back to normal.
- "Of course there are unanswered questions, and I think the administration needs to give a more full explanation with respect to the timing and how it was done, the rationale for it," Thune tells CNBC.
President Donald Trump's firing of Comey on Tuesday came amid the FBI's investigation into Russia's suspected meddling in the 2016 U.S. election and possible links between Moscow and Trump campaign officials.
"Of course there are unanswered questions, and I think the administration needs to give
Thune, the third-ranking Republican in the Senate, said among the issues on Republicans' plate is health care, taxes, regulatory reform and jobs. Republicans passed their health bill in the House last week but the measure faces a fight in the Senate.
"We've got conversations going on every day. In order to get something through the Senate on health care, we have to get 50 votes, and we only have 52 Republicans," he said. "We are assuming at least that Democrats probably aren't going to participate in this."