WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) issued the following statement in response to the firing of FBI Director James Comey. 

“The President of the United States just fired the person who was investigating his campaign, which should set off alarm bells across the country. The last time a presidential firing raised this many questions, America was in the middle of the Watergate crisis.

“For months, I’ve been calling for an independent special counsel to investigate Russian interference in the US election. The need is even more urgent now.

“The Russians undermined our election. How exactly they were able to do that with so much success is a question we need to answer – to prevent a similar attack in the future and hold those responsible accountable. In order to give the American people full confidence in this investigation, it should be handled by an independent counsel who does not answer to President Trump.

“Past nominees to be FBI director have enjoyed broad bipartisan support for their confirmation. The next pick should be no exception.”