In the short statement, Cruz said, “The Director of the FBI needs to be above reproach, with an unquestioned reputation for fairness and impartiality. Unfortunately, Mr. Comey had lost the confidence of both Republicans and Democrats, and, frankly, the American people. The net Director needs to be someone of the utmost integrity who can successfully restore the public’s confidence and lead the men and women of the FBI who selflessly serve and defend our great nation.”
Many in Congress from both parties have criticized the firing of Director Comey, which came shortly after subpoenas were issued to associates of former National Security Advisor and Trump campaign advisor Michael Flynn in conjunction with the FBI’s investigation into Russian interference in the election. Democrats have universally condemned the firing as “Nixonian” while reaction from Republicans has been mixed.
Many were surprised when President Trump announced shortly after taking office that Comey would stay on. As a candidate, Trump had tweeted that Comey “compromised national security” by failing to recommend charges against Hillary Clinton for mishandling classified information. Trump was also critical of Comey’s expedited review of an additional trove of emails shortly before the election.