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As news of FBI Director James Comey’s termination reverberated across the political spectrum, some conservatives took to Twitter to protest liberal outrage over the firing.
After White House press secretary Sean Spicer announced that Comey would no longer be working as FBI director as of Tuesday, many pointed out that firing the official who led the investigation into possible collusion between some of President Donald Trump’s associates and Russians was inappropriate.
“Everyone who cares about independence & rule of law in America should be ‘troubled by the timing and reasoning’ of Comey firing,” tweeted Preet Bharara, the New York attorney who was fired by the Trump administration in March. “Period.”
But others said liberals were hypocritical about speaking out against Comey’s termination when they had decried how he handled the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server in the weeks leading up to the presidential election.
Even though most spoke out against the circumstances of the termination rather than in defense of Comey, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee tweeted that liberals “who scalded Comey now try to pretend they support him and attack @realDonaldTrump.”
Watch liberals who scalded Comey now try to pretend they support him and attack @realDonaldTrump. He needed to go.
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) May 9, 2017
Still others railed against the perceived hypocrisy of being outraged over the sudden termination.
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) May 10, 2017
— Kyle Morris (@RealKyleMorris) May 10, 2017
— Margaret Kimberley (@freedomrideblog) May 10, 2017
But as analysts pointed out in response, the Democrats’ outrage over Comey’s handling of the email investigation has little to do with an unexpected decision of firing someone tasked with investigating the administration.
McConnell is right – Democrats criticized Comey for mishandling Clinton email case.
That’s not what he got fired for.
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) May 10, 2017