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U.S. senators are determined to kick up the intensity of the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election following President Donald Trump's firing of James Comey from the FBI Tuesday night.

When Independent Journal Review twice asked Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) who should be appointed as the next director of the FBI on Wednesday morning, he said simply, “A select committee.”

In the aftermath of Comey's sudden firing, lawmakers are less concerned about filling Comey's role and are opting instead to call on Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to appoint a special prosecutor or a select committee to take over the investigation.

“The priority should be to appoint a special prosecutor,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), who was the subject of some of President Trump's tweets Wednesday morning over his opposition to the White House's decision. “The burden is now on the deputy attorney general to appoint a special prosecutor,” Blumenthal added.

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) echoed Blumenthal's thoughts. “I haven’t given it any thought,” Murphy said when IJR asked if he had any potential replacements in mind. Murphy added that while he hopes the White House moves forward with a replacement quickly, it isn't top of mind.

“I want somebody who’s independent, credible, who’s going to continue this investigation," Murphy told IJR. "I don’t want a partisan hack. I don’t want somebody whose first loyalty is to Trump or to [Attorney General Jeff] Sessions. I started having conversations with my Republican colleagues on the floor now, making sure that’s their priority.”

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) agreed with that, telling IJR, “It’s self-evident that whoever the next person is has got to be beyond reproach and someone that both Republicans and Democrats have a lot of faith in.” And Corker said he's given that assessment to the White House.

For now, the focus is trained on Rosenstein, who made the recommendation to the president to fire Comey.

“Frankly, Rosenstein doesn’t have to wait for a replacement at the FBI to empower a special prosecutor,” Murphy said. “If he’s serious about upholding people’s faith in Democratic norms, then he should appoint a special prosecutor as soon as possible.”

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee conducting the investigation into Russian election interference, told reporters his priority is to “try to get to the bottom of what's happened in the next 24 hours.”

The most immediate effect of Comey's firing, Wyden said, is that the Senate investigation will have to pick up the slack on the Russia probe. “I’ve made it clear that we ought to have more open hearings, use subpoena power, audit, have the ability to declassify,” Wyden told IJR after he left the Senate chamber Wednesday morning. He added that he urged Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), who chairs the Intelligence Committee, and the ranking member, Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), a number of times on Tuesday about his request.

Despite Burr's continued insistence Tuesday that he's determined to finish the investigation and do it in a bipartisan way, it has been slow-going, and Democratic lawmakers are concerned that the firing will slow it down even more.

But not everyone thinks it was unexpected or that it should throw the Senate off course. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) even downplayed Comey's firing.

“A lot of people thought he wouldn’t last long anyway, either under a Democratic administration or a Republican,” he said. "His days were numbered. A lot of folks are probably surprised he lasted this long.”

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IntegrityImportant(2 likes)Special prosecutors are called for only AFTER evidence of CRIMINAL wrongdoing is apparent not to root it out. NOTE that the issues now are about noncriminal activity though dems will dispute that since they want Repubs run out of town on a rail! I'll never vote for another one! These hypocrites wanted Comey gone and blamed him for hillary's loss. Now that POTUS fired him, the dems are showing what asses they are!
Meredith Badagliacca(2 likes)Democrat leadership and liberals in Hollywood and in general hated Comey in October, called for his firing. Harry Reid said he was incompetent... now they're defending him! HahaGlobalist heads are exploding all over the world, including Obama and HRC.REAL Americans took our country back from the global elite. My healthcare is too expensive ($900/month for my family). Time to step away from socialist rule and let capitalism work. My car insurance is just $25 per month (from Insurance Panda) and my internet is just $30/month from RNC. Let the free market handle health insurance!8 years of lies and even more of Liberal corruption made Trump possible. Thank God we will have some real leadership in office for the next 8 years.It's time to forget about Obama and the catastrophe he was.
Eric GeorgeSadly for the Clintons, Special Independent Prosecutions don't end well for them. What started out as a shady land deal called Castle Grande ended up with semen stains on a blue dress worn by a young intern.  What would start out as a witch hunt on DJT will end up with someone finally prosecuting the Clintons for the blatant pay for play operation they were running while HRC was SecState. You can't tell me $500k in cash doens't magically appear in BJ's pockets just weeks before  HRC have approval for the UraniumOne deal, which moved a good chunk of our US uranium supply into Russian hands. You can't tell me a $100 million donation to the Clinton Foundation weeks later was unrelated. 33,000 missing emails about yoga and Chelsea's wedding? Please. I suspect those other emails are on WeineR's laptop, but because Comey didn't care about that part of the investigation...he let those slide...thinking he'd be able to blackmail HRC for another 8 years.   And why..pray tell...would they even look at Clinton? Becabuse of the $100k donation Trump made to the foundation for them to attend Trump's wedding. Once you cross over from Foundation to Foudaction and root out the pay for play....I suspect 10% of Congress could end up in prison, along with untold # of state and local officials.   #DrainTheSwamp