Yesterday President Trump took the dramatic step of firing FBI Director James Comey, a move that many in particular the editorial board of the New York Times are declaring a turning point in this presidency. The more conservative Wall Street Journal is taking a "better now than never" stance on the firing, while the Washington Post is saying "the cloud hanging over the White House just got bigger and darker."
Below, reactions from some Bay Area politicians (and one from down south) to the news, via KQED and Twitter:
We cannot wait any longer to have a special prosecutor to oversee the FBI's Russia investigation. https://t.co/gbWy0RCAka— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) May 9, 2017
This is not a time for partisanship. We deserve to know the truth on Russian interference in our elections. Period.— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) May 10, 2017
We need an independent prosecutor to oversee the Russia investigation. I plan to work closely with @SenBlumenthal on this.— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) May 10, 2017
I agree, Senator. Now is a moment for us to wear the same uniform. Our country is counting on us being on the same team. https://t.co/TaCDx5T0mO— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) May 10, 2017
Say it with us now: Special. Prosecutor. Needed. https://t.co/fBzir0ZRiI— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) May 9, 2017
Mitch McConnell once again quivers in fear of Trump and fails to put country over party.— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) May 10, 2017
History will not be kind to you. https://t.co/AxBp3j0V65
Rep. John Garamendi (D-Walnut Grove)
“This is serious, this isn’t about a Democrat or a Republican, this is about a bad man in the office. A fellow that has shown his inability to understand the nuances and the way in which government works, and even the Constitution, to say nothing of public policy. So we’ve got to get to the bottom of the Russian thing, understand the emoluments clause and that the graft and corruption in this administration is beyond anything we’ve seen since the Teapot Dome scandal in the early 1900s.”
Rep. Scott Peters (D-La Jolla)
“Firing law enforcement officers who may be investigating you or your associates and then appointing their replacements is something that happens in dictatorships - not in the United States of America. This move from the President is breathtaking in its brazen disregard for the independence of our justice system. Republican members of Congress who fail to stand up against this are complicit in this assault on our democracy.
“The founding fathers made Congress a check on the power of the Presidency. That check only functions when it is used without regard for political party. Congress - Democrats and Republicans - must stand up in a bipartisan defense of our institutions and insist that a special prosecutor be appointed before confirming a new director.
“Never before has it been clearer that the integrity of our democracy depends on an independent commission to investigate Russian interference in our election and a special prosecutor at the Department of Justice to follow an investigation to wherever - and whomever - it leads. Anyone who stands in the way of an independent investigation denies the American people the answers they deserve.”