- Because of the Republicans’ thin margin in the Senate, those [Republican] senators have powerful leverage, not only over how the Russia inquiry proceeds and how the FBI vacancy is filled, but also over the rest of the Trump agenda.
None of them has called for an independent counsel. But going forward, it’s worth remembering that two members of that small group of senators—Mr. Corker and Mr. Flake—are up for re-election next year. Their political antennae will be highly sensitive.
Thus it was noteworthy that those two sounded particularly dubious about the firing in their initial reactions Tuesday night. Mr. Flake tweeted: “I’ve spent the last several hours trying to find an acceptable rationale for the timing of Comey’s firing. I just can’t do it.”
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