Town hall audiences on Tuesday shifted their outrage from the Republican health care bill to the firing of FBI Director James Comey.
Many of the questions were centered around health care and the vote last week by Republicans to repeal and replace the 2010 health care law and a number of Republicans had to defend the plan.
But when many attendees in town halls asked about Comey’s firing by President Donald Trump, Republican members gave more tepid responses to the development on Tuesday evening.
“I think it was probably time for Comey to go,” Blum said. “The FBI has been way too involved in politics on both sides of the aisle.”
In Moneta, Va., Republican Rep. Tom Garrett declined to discuss the nature of Comey’s firing because it happened right before the meeting, the Roanoke Times reported. But he did offer faint praise for the former FBI director.
“I think as it relates to partisan rancor, Comey’s done a pretty good job ruffling feathers on both sides of the aisle,” Garrett said. “Candidly, that’s usually a pretty good indicator that somebody’s doing their job well, right?”
Similarly, New Jersey Republican Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen praised Comey, but did not comment on the nature of the firing, NJ.com reported.
“I do think he was an honorable man and ran an amazing department,” Frelinghuysen told the audience. “I’m surprised that he’s gone, but I guess in this business, nothing is too surprising.”
Lawmakers Get An Earful On Comey at Tuesday Town Halls
Both of Walters’ potential Democratic opponents, University of California Irvine professors Dave Min and Katie Porter attended the mock town hall.
— Katie Porter (@katieporteroc) May 10, 2017
— Dave Min (@DaveMinCA) May 10, 2017
Democrats, on the other hand, had receptive audiences in criticizing Comey’s firing.
Huffman said there currently were not enough votes to impeach Trump but that could change.
“We might be able to change the dynamics on the investigations that would lead potentially to an impeachment,” he said.
— Bridget Bowman and Lindsey McPherson contributed to this report.