Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) issued a similar call, describing Trump’s action as “Nixonian.”

And Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) said “Trump’s decision to fire Comey…should send a chill down the spine of every American.”

Reuters national security correspondent Jonathan Landay noted on Twitter that the president “now has fired 3 top US enforcement officials: Preet Bahara, Sally Yates and James Comey. Serious questions raised.”

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)’s Anthony Romero said the firing “rings serious alarm bells for our system of checks and balances” and “raises questions about the administration’s inappropriate meddling in bureau operations — precisely at a time when the bureau appears to be investigating the President, his advisors, and his campaign for potential collusion with Russian agents in our last election.”

Many called for the appointment of an independent counsel to investigate Trump-Russia ties. 

“The only question in Washington that matters now is, ‘When will Congress create and fully fund an independent investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election?'” declared Common Cause president Karen Hobart Flynn.  

“James Comey’s handling of major investigations involving both presidential candidates has drawn extensive criticism but President Trump has no business firing him while the president, his campaign, and members of his Administration are under investigation for possible collusion in the Russian attacks on the 2016 presidential election,” Flynn said. “That investigation has already focused on numerous current and former Trump confidantes who had contacts with Russian officials during and after the election—including Attorney General Jeff Sessions who recommended Comey’s firing to the President despite his pledge to recuse himself from any Justice Department actions related to the Russian investigation. Congress must take the investigation out of the hands of partisan committees and move it an independent commission now.”

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