Transcript for Democrats outraged at timing of Comey's firing
Capitol hill next, Democrats and Republicans are outraged at the timing of all this. That the FBI director leading the Russia investigation has now been fired right in the middle of it. ABC's Mary Bruce on capitol hill tonight, asking senators today is this about Hillary Clinton's e-mails, or is this about Russia? Reporter: Tonight, the Republican leading the senate Russia investigation caught off guard and scratching his head. The timing and the reasons for this decision made little sense to me. Reporter: Other Republicans are also feeling frustrated and confused by the president's decision. The white house's timing here was less than impeccable. Obviously, when you have a president fire the FBI director, and there's an active investigation going on, then there are questions that need to be answered. Reporter: But Democrats tonight say they know why. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out what this is about. Reporter: They say it all Russia. Why do you think the president chose to fire Comey? It's all about Russia. It's not about Hillary. It's about the fact that James Comey has an investigation going into trump's connection and his campaign's connections to Russia. Reporter: And tonight, they are pointing to the president's own letter firing the FBI director -- that line where trump says he's grateful Comey told him he wasn't under investigation. He inserts this thing like a bad poker player whose facial expression tells you what kind of hand they have. Reporter: The white house insists the FBI director was fired because of how he handled the Clinton investigation, and Democrats have blasted Comey for the same thing. And I think it is kind of crocodile tears now for the Democrats. Reporter: Are you being hypocritical? I expressed criticism about the statements that he made ten months ago, but that is no reason to fire him now. Reporter: Democrats are now insisting that a special prosecutor take over the Russia investigation, even postponing all senate hearings today to make a point. If there was ever a time when circumstances warranted a special prosecutor, it is right now. Reporter: At least one Republicans now seems open to the idea. Would you support a special prosecutor? I'm looking at that seriously. Reporter: But Republican leaders aren't budging. Today, we'll no doubt hear calls for a new investigation, which could only serve to impede the current work being done. Mary Bruce with us live from capitol hill tonight. Democrats for months now have been critical about the handling of the Clinton e-mail investigation. Hillary Clinton just last week, saying she would be president if Comey hadn't announced 11 days before the election he was reigniting the e-mail investigation. The white house tonight said Democrats should be happy about the firing of Comey, what are Democrats telling you about picking a new FBI director? David, some Democrats say they'll oppose a new FBI director unless that special prosecutor is appointed. Little Democrats can do. Confirmation requires just a simple majority which Republicans have. Attorney general Jeff
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