During an interview with CNN on Wednesday afternoon, Warren was asked whether Comey's firing may be a way for the Trump administration to halt progress on an investigation into the president's campaign and its ties with Russian Federation.
To avoid that, Trump must appoint a tough-minded, politically detached successor to Comey, not a lackey.
"It just doesn't hold water to me that they are defending Hillary Clinton's honor".
The Democrats expressed deep skepticism about the reasons for Tuesday's firing, raising the prospect of a White House effort to stymie the FBI and congressional investigations.
The White House said Trump had mulled firing Comey for some time due to what they painted as repeated missteps on the part of the director. "The vast majority of the bureau is in favor of director Comey".
"The pretense of firing Jim Comey because of the Clinton emails is totally preposterous", said Connecticut Sen.
Comey informed lawmakers of that request after the Senate Intelligence Committee, conducting its own investigation, had asked the FBI to speed up its Russian Federation inquiry, the source said.
"That ... raises a lot of alarms and reminds me of some of our history, and we need to have a special prosecutor assigned now", Franken said.
"You're actually not telling the truth right now".
And it was deserved: Top US officials were investigating whether a foreign government had improper influence on the sitting president of the United States and/or his associates.
Several FBI employees told CBS News that they were touched by Comey's message, but they didn't appear to be heeding his advice.
On Tuesday, Schumer was quick out of the gate in his criticism, but the White House was prepared.
"The way this was done, I think was done to send a message to the Federal Bureau of Investigation agents left behind", a senior intelligence official told NBC News.
"We Democrats hope and expect that [Comey] will still come before the Senate in some capacity, and I for one salute Sens". "He wants to continues to talk about last year instead of the damage he's doing this year to the country, so I'm not surprised at all".
"Comey lost the confidence of nearly everyone in Washington, Republican and Democrat alike".
Vice President Mike Pence and a string of White House officials have said that Trump made the decision after being advised to do so by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein. During an interview with NBC, the president himself admitted to calling Comey and asking him if he was under FBI investigation. And they're even more anxious about who Trump might nominate to replace him.
"It's time to move on" from the Russian Federation probe, Sanders said on Fox News May 9, within hours of Comey's firing.