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Hawaii Congress members call Comey firing 'scary'

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Members of Congress are raising concern about President Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, calling the move "Nixonian" and raising questions about the timing.

In a statement Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, said the decision is a "total disservice to the American people."

“The country is asking, Mr. President, what do you have to hide?" Hirono said. "There is no question that President Trump wants the investigation of Russian interference with the 2016 Presidential election, and the Trump team’s ties to those efforts, to just go away."

Others said the "fresh start" was a good idea, and argued that Congress ultimately would be responsible for ensuring the investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 elections is fair.

Meanwhile, U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, called Comey's firing "scary."

"Lots of justified confusion and outrage," Schatz wrote on Twitter. "We are in a full-fledged constitutional crisis."

They along with U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa are calling for a special prosecutor to oversee the investigation into Russian interference in U.S. elections.

"It just looks very suspicious and we need to address the fears and concerns of the people," Hanabusa said in an interview with Hawaii News Now.

At her town hall meeting in Honolulu Tuesday night, Hanabusa faced a crowd eager for answers.

"This is an investigation of an arch enemy compromising the U.S. government," said Honolulu resident Powell Berger. "We need to get to the bottom of this and firing the guy who had the capacity to get to the bottom of it is questionable at best."

After months of tumult and tension between Comey's FBI and the White House, Trump on Tuesday said he was acting to restore "public trust and confidence" in the nation's top law enforcement agency. The administration cited Comey's handling of the Clinton email investigation as justification for his dismissal.

James Comey is the President's third high-profile firing along with former acting attorney general Sally Yates and national security adviser Mike Flynn.

Hanabusa says it's a troubling pattern and no accident from the Trump administration.

"The timing all doesn't seem to fit well except for the fact that it has this continuing theme of Russia," Hanabusa said.

The only other FBI director to be fired was William S. Sessions, who was appointed by President Ronald Reagan during the Iran Contra affair, and asked by President Bill Clinton and Attorney General Janet Reno to resign. 

President Barack Obama appointed Comey to the 10-year position of FBI director in September 2013. 

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