Unease among Republicans over President Trump's firing of FBI Director James B. Comey rippled through Congress on Wednesday, though most GOP lawmakers refused to join calls, mainly from Democrats, for an independent panel or a special prosecutor for the Russia investigation.
Divisions among Senate Republicans grew more stark. Among those pressing for more aggressive efforts, Sen. John McCain of Arizona renewed his bipartisan push for a separate committee to examine Russian interference in the 2016 election and Moscow's ties to Trump's campaign. Top GOP senators, including Sen. Richard M. Burr of North Carolina, the chairman of the Intelligence Committee, and Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska, an outspoken critic of Trump, forcefully expressed their concerns about the administration's timing of and rationale for the abrupt and unusual firing.
But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky continued to resist, insisting on keeping the investigation contained to the Intelligence Committee. Others, including Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, echoed the White House's contention that both parties have had complaints over Comey and it was time for him to go.