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Top US Democrat says firing FBI chief was 'big mistake'

It was a "big mistake" to fire FBI chief James Comey amid a probe into Russia's alleged interference in last year's election.

Published: 10th May 2017 06:09 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th May 2017 06:09 AM   |  A+A-

FBI Director James Comey (Photo | AP)

By AFP

WASHINGTON: The US Senate's top Democrat said Tuesday he told President Donald Trump it was a "big mistake" to fire FBI chief James Comey amid a probe into Russia's alleged interference in last year's election.

"Earlier this afternoon, President Trump called me and informed me he was firing Director Comey. I told the president, 'Mr President, with all due respect, you are making a big mistake,'" Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters.

Schumer joined several of his Democratic colleagues in calling for an independent prosecutor or commission to investigate claims of Russian interference, as well as possible collusion between Trump's campaign team and Russian officials.



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