U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse issued a statement after the firing of former FBI Director James Comey:
“Regardless of how you think Director Comey handled the unprecedented complexities of the 2016 election cycle, the timing of this firing is very troubling. Jim Comey is an honorable public servant, and in the midst of a crisis of public trust that goes well beyond who you voted for in the presidential election, the loss of an honorable public servant is a loss for the nation. As the chairman of the Judiciary Committee’s Oversight Subcommittee, I have reached out to the Deputy Attorney General for clarity on his rationale for recommending this action.”
Sasse does say he has reservations about the way Comey handled himself during the investigations last summer and takes issue with a lot of what he did.
However, Sasse adds, “That is a different thing than being fired at this moment. I think we have a crisis of public trust in lots of our governing institutions. The FBI is still a very special institution and there is a special honor about the men and women who are special agents of the Bureau and that culture needs to be very clearly insulated in the eyes of Americans all across the political spectrum.”
Apparently, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein wrote a report which was handed over to Attorney General Jeff Sessions who recommended to President Trump that Comey be fired.
The timeline could be as simple as that.
Sasse says that is why he is in conversations with Rosenstein. He says “in the range of possible that is one interpretation”.