Two local lawmakers responded to President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey.
In a signed letter, Trump informed Comey that he was "hereby terminated and removed from office, effective immediately," explaining that he reached the conclusion that Comey is "not able to effectively lead the bureau."
"It is essential that we find new leadership for the FBI that restores public trust and confidence in its vital law enforcement mission," Trump told Comey in the letter. "I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors."
Representative Jim Cooper released the following statement:
"The FBI is investigating Trump associates right now. This firing calls to mind the worst days of Nixon. It's time for a special prosecutor."
Senator Bob Corker also released a statement in response to the news:
"While the case for removal of federal bureau of investigation director James Comey laid out by deputy attorney general Rod J. Rosenstein was thorough, his removal at this particular time will raise questions. It is essential that ongoing investigations are fulsome and free of political interference until their completion and it is imperative that President Trump nominate a well-respected and qualified individual to lead the bureau at this critical time."