Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona has asserted that the controversy surrounding President Donald Trump's alleged ties to the Russian government's meddling in the 2016 presidential race would continue despite the dismissal of former FBI director James Comey.
On May 9, Trump fired Comey, citing that he and the Department of Justice no longer had confidence in the former top FBI official after his handling of the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.
"While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the bureau," Trump wrote to Comey, according to The New York Times.
Comey had been leading an FBI investigation into whether members of the Trump campaign had colluded with Russian officials to tilt the 2016 election in their favor. The former top FBI official's dismissal immediately raised accusations that the president was attempting to squash the probe.
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On May 10, McCain discussed the future of the Trump-Russia investigation during a meeting with the Munich Security Conference.
"This scandal is going to go on," McCain said, according to the Washington Post. "This is a centipede. I guarantee you there will be more shoes to drop, I can just guarantee it. There’s just too much information that we don’t have that will be coming out."
The Arizona senator praised Comey's integrity, expressing regret that the former FBI director had been dismissed.
"Probably the most respected individual in all of the American government is probably the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation," McCain added. "I'm very sorry that this has happened."
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McCain concluded that Trump had the constitutional authority to fire Comey, but added: "I can't help but think that this is not a good thing for America."
On May 9, McCain responded to Comey's dismissal by repeating his call for an independent congressional committee to investigate Russia's role in the 2016 election.
"I have long called for a special congressional committee to investigate Russia's interference in the 2016 election," McCain said in an official statement, according to The Hill. "The president's decision to remove the FBI Director only confirms the need and the urgency of such a committee."
On May 10, the Senate majority leader, Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, dismissed requests for an independent congressional committee, Politico reports.
"Today we'll no doubt hear calls for a new investigation, which could only serve to impede the current work being done," McConnell said.
That same day, the Senate Select Committee invited Comey to testify in a closed session. There has been no update on whether the former FBI director has agreed to do so, ABC News reports.