Muted responses from Georgia lawmakers after Comey’s firing

WASHINGTON — Most of Georgia’s members of Congress dodged the spotlight in the hours after President Donald Trump’s surprise firing of FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday evening.

With the House on recess this week, the majority of the state’s 14 congressmen avoided the media entirely on Wednesday, ignoring requests for comment or relaying through spokespeople that they were still processing the previous night’s news.

The latter was the line out of Sen. Johnny Isakson’s office on Wednesday. The Republican, who is undergoing physical therapy following a pair of back surgeries earlier this spring, was in Washington for the day for meetings and a committee hearing on veterans’ health benefits.

Georgia’s nine House Republicans all ducked, as did Speaker Paul Ryan and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

Sen. David Perdue was the only sitting lawmaker from the state to publicly defend Trump’s surprise move.

The first-term Republican said in a statement that Trump “acted decisively and within his authority” and that he stood behind him.

“The FBI is much larger than one person and the bureau has thousands of agents working hard every day to keep our nation safe,” he said. “I am confident a new permanent director will be nominated and confirmed as soon as possible.”

When asked by television reporters about whether the timing of Comey’s ouster raised questions, Perdue said “of course it does,” but pegged the responsibility on journalists to ask those questions rather than senators like him.

“That’s your job to ask that question and the White House will answer that,” he said, “but my point is let’s get on the with the investigation the (Senate Intelligence Committee) is doing and we’ll see how that works out.”

Democratic Reps. Sanford Bishop of Albany and Hank Johnson of Lithonia both lined up behind their party leadership in pushing for an independent commission to probe the Trump campaign’s contact with Russia.

“This is the only way to restore the American people’s trust and confidence in our justice system,” Bishop said.

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Edwina McInnish
Edwina McInnish

I wouldn't answer a single question from the worthless AJC because you lie about everything no matter what they say. I certainly don't think PRESIDENT TRUMP was wrong to send the criminal Comey packing. He has been a sidekick for Hillary Clinton for a very long time. William Davenport is the one mentally ill with about two brain cells or early onset Alzheimers.

Lou Edna
Lou Edna

He was just retiring. They not going to do anything about rump

Thomas Meduri
Thomas Meduri

You democrats are damaged people or is it sheeple

Christopher Lee Raley
Christopher Lee Raley

I'll respond. President Trump made a smart move. People don't trust Comey, and it undermines the FBI. COMEY GAVE CLINTON A PASS. PAY ATTENTION!

Tracy Sample
Tracy Sample

Muted you say? No surprise there, these people have gone global and as long as they can hide behind iron gates, they don't care about the common people.

Eli Ford
Eli Ford

Trump was right in firing the guy who was protecting Obama and Hillary Barbara Feinstein said that there is absolutely no evidence that Trump's campaign colluded with Russia and she's one of your Democrats

Keith Taylor
Keith Taylor

The President can fire anyone who works for him. That's his choice.

Fred South
Fred South

I don't recall the POTUS having to get approval from GA lawmakers to fire anyone! Get over it!

Roger Smith
Roger Smith

90% of our politicians are worthless.....

Luanne West
Luanne West

Cannot wait to hear Comey testify in open court! Also cannot wait to know what the treasury's financial crimes investigation division has turned over to the senate investigation into 45s ties with Russia. Money laundering??? Treason??? The truth will come out! Some, to my everlasting astonishment, will refuse to see the truth / they would rather believe that Alex Jones' lizard people are running things from space ships or some such Benghazi bs.

Brenda Addison
Brenda Addison

Remember Benghazi ? ? ? ? ? Remember Ambassador Stevens ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? AMERICA DOES ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

Luanne West
Luanne West

Yeah, I remember EIGHT SEPARATE HEARINGS on Benghazi that cost millions of dollars conducted by the professionals and all came up ZERO. Hillary, Obama blah blah blah. 45 is president and he trying his best to sell us out to Russia! The truth will come out.

Joanne Ward Lutes
Joanne Ward Lutes

What truth? As you said Benghazi, all the other investigations, no results. This Russia thing just makes me wonder, what has Obama done to Russia or with Russia they (DNC) don't want to come out? Sure is a lot of noise going on.

Michael Cardoza
Michael Cardoza

All politicians respond to please their puppet masters.

Emily Judd
Emily Judd

They are an embarrassment to Georgia. Add to them Perdue and Price and the lack of class and humanity they are showing in their new roles - truly sad to say they are from Georgia. 2018/20 can't come soon enough.

Steve Morris
Steve Morris

Comey had to go! Democrats called for it.

Joe Whitehead
Joe Whitehead

Half the country is happy half the country is angry... nothing will fix the reft

William Davenport
William Davenport

Georgia Republicans know that Trump was wrong for firung Comey abd they know Trump is mentally ill and unqualified to be President but they don't care. For Ga Republicans its party before country abd getting abd staying elected before country.

Frankie Griffin
Frankie Griffin

No he was not wrong 20 of even Democrats wonted him fired just a week before he was fired.they know that he was a crook.

William Davenport
William Davenport

Comey is no crook. He has been unfairly thrown under the bus by both sides. He was just doing his job in a hyper partisan environment under a corrupt and power hungry Trump who wants to become our first dictator.

Elaine Daprano
Elaine Daprano

He was duped by a group of agents in NY FBI about the last email bs. He had apologized. Over 36000 FBI operatives around the world support him, and they know better than ANY OF US. He has agreed to testify again, but only to the PUBLIC. He's no crook; he's honest and courageous.

Mary Reynoso
Mary Reynoso

He's not fit to be president,this is a cover up like he does when thing don't go his way

Keith Taylor
Keith Taylor

William Davenport No one said he was a crook. He was fired for not doing his job.

Frankie Griffin
Frankie Griffin

He is bought and paid for by the clintons and old George.

Frank Cicalese
Frank Cicalese

Surprise? Hell it was OBVIOUS since November. What surprise? to whom? If you were "surprised" by Comey's firing, perhaps politics isn't your forte' lmao...

Jason Rains
Jason Rains

If it was obvious in November that he would be fired, why wasn't he fired when Trump took office in January? What changed between then and now?

Frank Cicalese
Frank Cicalese

All things in good time. The LAST thing any exec should do is over load his own plate with personnel issues whiles he's stepping into a new job, building a cabinet in spite of the Democrats and their fake concern, dealing with a BS media, and an ex-president who's ego just won't let him step out of the spot light. Sure you can convince yourself that you'd do things better. The reality is, he's got a lifetime of experience doing the "business" part of this job, and probably has more insight on how to get it done than you ever thought of.

Marion Baker
Marion Baker

Wonder if Comey would have had his job or even his life if HILLARY had won the election . There is a awful long line of Deaths behind her !

Emily Judd
Emily Judd

Eight deaths of individuals associated to Trump and Russia. Weak?? Oh wait, Fox News doesn't report the real news. Guess you haven't heard.

Sam Nicholas
Sam Nicholas

Weak...like Trump the closer we get to the truth. The Treasury Dept is asking for all of he and Manafort's financial info...but nothing to see here, Right?

Lillian Self
Lillian Self

Jeri Henson Dies. [ Everyone Need To Get Down On Their Knees And Thank God , That We Have A President That Is Trying To Fix What Obama Screwed Up. ]

Constance Rutledge
Constance Rutledge

Lillian Self. Which planet are you from ? If you still support 45 at this point you're either insane or you're incredibly ignorant or stupid.

Lillian Self
Lillian Self

Constance Rutledge. I'm Not Insane Nor Dumb.You Democrudes Are Just Mad Because Killery Didn't Win.

Jeri Henson Dies
Jeri Henson Dies

You guys must be some of those Alt-Christians who worship Republican Jesus--so different than the original--I would count on that heaven/rapture thing working out for you.

Doug Rogers
Doug Rogers

Firing Comey was nothing more than OBSTRUCT of justice

Esther Spires
Esther Spires

Not going after hillary was a real miscarriage of justice, he should be fired, and she should be in jail!!!

Doug Rogers
Doug Rogers

Esther Spires for what exactly. What did she do? Benghazi, then Bush should be charged . He was in your way of thinking is a responsible for I over 2000 more embassy staff being killed, embassy staff not mission staff. E-MAILS really Bush and Cheney deleted over 22 million e-mails illegally to cover up their war crimes. So what did she do?

Lena Shreve
Lena Shreve

I don't recall the AJC (or the rest of the 'media') having a problem when you're darling Bill did the same in firing FBI Director William Sessions or when Reno fired 93 US Attorney's, or when Obama issued the same travel ban Trump did, etc. Basically y'all have no problem when D's do it but throw a raving hissy fit if an R does the same damn thing.

Lena Shreve
Lena Shreve

Amazing though how D's wanted Comey's head after Clinton lost but now are calling foul.

Doug Rogers
Doug Rogers

Are you a moron. Sessions was using FBI funds to pay his bills and renovate his house.

Sid L Stafford
Sid L Stafford

Wow this proves you don't do any tease arch but just repeat what your told to repeat. This is why we are in such dire straights.

Sam Nicholas
Sam Nicholas

Was Bill under an FBI investigation for colluding with Russians? #RightWingMediaLovesMorons

Esther Spires
Esther Spires

The democratic double standard!!! Hypocrite's!!!

Jeri Henson Dies
Jeri Henson Dies

Reality--we know Republican Jesus keeps telling you to hate other Americans and praise Trump--but you know he's not real.

Doug Rogers
Doug Rogers

Lena Shreve what he did to Hillary was unethical no doubt but when Dumpster fired him it was obstruction of justice.

Rahul Gokulnath
Rahul Gokulnath

Doug , commend u for still trying to get through....\U0001f60f

Kay Kitchenns
Kay Kitchenns

Google it I'm not a puppet for the Orange clown

Shelley Lange Rahiya
Shelley Lange Rahiya

And had they all ready fired the last two people who'd been investigating them?

Sam Nicholas
Sam Nicholas

Yes, Comey should've been fired...but not while investigating the Fat One.

Edwina McInnish
Edwina McInnish

Doug Rogers Do you have on a stupid MASK. Who would believe a freak like you.

Edwina McInnish
Edwina McInnish

Doug Rogers He can fire him any time he wants, moron.

Esther Spires
Esther Spires

Comedy deserved to be fired, he over stepped his boundaries!!!