Protesters call for investigation
following FBI director firing
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[May 11, 2017]
By Chris Kenning and Ian Simpson
CHICAGO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A day after
President Donald Trump's stunning dismissal of FBI Director James Comey,
protesters gathered in Washington, Chicago and other cities to urge an
independent investigation of alleged collusion between Russia and
Trump's presidential campaign.
Waving signs and chanting outside the White House and at Senate
constituency offices in other states, demonstrators said Trump's move
had compromised the Federal Bureau of Investigation's probe.
"I still don't have any love for Comey," said Cody Davis, 29, among a
small group of protesters near Chicago's 96-story Trump International
Hotel and Tower. "I'm not here to defend him. You could easily argue he
lost the election for Hillary."
Comey has been criticized by Democrats for his handling of an
investigation surrounding 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary
Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of
"The reason I'm here today is not that he was fired but because it was
so clearly because Trump was afraid of something," Davis said.
White House officials have denied any political motivation behind the
firing and Trump said Comey had not been doing a good job and had lost
the confidence of everyone in Washington.
Critics at various protests compared the Comey dismissal to the
"Saturday Night Massacre" of 1973, in which President Richard Nixon
fired an independent special prosecutor investigating the Watergate
MoveOn.Org and a coalition of liberal groups hastily organized protests
at senators' offices in more than a dozen states including New York,
Kentucky, Arizona, California and Florida.
"Donald Trump just fired the one man in America who was leading the most
thorough and long-lasting investigation of Donald Trump," Jo Comerford,
campaign director for MoveOn.org, said in a statement.
The issue also was discussed at town hall meetings being held by members
of Congress across the country.
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Protesters outside the White House. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
For some Trump supporters the controversy was overblown.
Denny Herman of Wamego, Kansas, said Comey deserved to be fired and
the Russia investigation would not turn up wrongdoing. He said there
was no need for a special prosecutor.
"It's just liberal crap," he said while relaxing at a bar. "We got
bigger fish to fry."
But in downtown Chicago, several dozen people banged pots and pans,
waved signs reading "You can't fire the truth" and chanted
Several hundred people also gathered outside the White House and
called for a special prosecutor.
"I feel like what happened yesterday was truly shocking, and the
Republicans won't stand up and do what they should without somebody
pressing them," said demonstrator Kelli Rowedder, a 34-year-old
teacher from Washington.
(Additional reporting by Karen Dillon in Wamego, Kan. and Kathy Lynn
Gray in New Albany, Ohio; Editing by Bill Trott)
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