Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) had a principled take on the firing of FBI Director James Comey on Wednesday’s “The Glenn Beck Radio Program.”
President Donald Trump abruptly fired Comey on Tuesday, citing letters from the Department of Justice that said Comey should be terminated because a “fresh start” was needed. Lee was apparently as sidelined as everyone else by the news.
“It was a surprise to all of us,” he said.
Lee hypothesized that Comey may have become too distracting as someone who makes headlines and whose decisions have become a central part of the news. “In short, I think part of what happened at least, James Comey had become the issue,” he said. “And I think even he would acknowledge that isn’t good, for the FBI director himself to become the issue.”
Immediately after Comey was fired, people jumped to label the moment a “constitutional crisis,” but Lee said a much more measured approach is vital.
“Any time you suggest a constitutional crisis, you’ve gotta be prepared to back it up with actual arguments, with actual facts that tie into actual constitutional arguments,” Lee said. “I haven’t seen those yet.”
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