Washington ground to a halt Wednesday as Democrats exploded over the firing of FBI Director James B. Comey, laying out a list of demands they said must be met before President Trump and Congress regain a sense of normalcy.
Several Democrats and liberal activists raised the prospect of impeachment, but most lawmakers set their sights lower, saying they wanted to at least preserve and protect the ongoing FBI probe into Trump campaign figures’ dealings with Russia.
Convinced that Mr. Comey’s firing was an attempt to kneecap that probe, Democrats said they want the decision on naming an independent prosecutor stripped from politics. They said the top career attorney at the Justice Department would be able to make the right call free from Mr. Trump’s meddling.
“All we are seeking is some assurance that the subject of this investigation is not able to influence it or, God forbid, quash it,” said Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat.
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