Here's what Minnesotans in Congress said about Comey's testimony

The former FBI director's testimony drew attention on Capitol Hill
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Former FBI Director James Comey's testimony to the Senate intelligence committee was the big deal on Capitol Hill Thursday.

Among other things, Comey said he thinks he was fired by President Trump because of the FBI's investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

What did Minnesota's Senators and Representatives have to say about Comey's testimony? Here's a roundup:

Sen. Amy Klobuchar

In a statement, Klobuchar said Comey's testimony made it clear why President Trump had fired him.

"He was fired smack dab in the middle of a major investigation regarding a foreign power’s influence on our election. He was fired because he refused to back down from the investigation and from the oath he took to follow the law."

Klobuchar, who was a law school classmate of Comey's at the University of Chicago, later told CNN she doesn't know the President well, but said she knows Comey and trusts him.

Sen. Al Franken

Minnesota's other senator, also a Democrat, was convinced by Comey's testimony that the president tried to undermine the Russia investigation.

Sen. Al Franken's statement says in part: "President Trump wants the American people and Congress to let this thing go. That's not an option when the integrity of our democracy is at stake."

Franken says Comey's remarks left him encouraged that a special counsel, Robert Mueller, is now handling the Russia investigation.

Rep. Betty McCollum

McCollum said on Facebook she wants assurances that President Trump will not interfere with Mueller's work. She also thinks a special counsel is not enough and called for an independent commission "to fully investigate President Donald Trump, his campaign, and his associates' ties to Russia," saying the American people deserve accountability and transparency.

Rep. Tim Walz

Walz, a Democrat who plans to run for governor in 2018, joined the call for an independent commission.

Walz tweeted a statement that reads in part: "I am deeply alarmed that President Trump seems more concerned about clearing his own name than on preventing future attacks on our democracy. Russia's attack on our electoral process is not a political or partisan issue. It's an American issue."

Rep. Keith Ellison

As far as Ellison is concerned, Comey's testimony revealed actions by the president that amount to obstruction of justice. On Facebook Ellison, a Democrat, said he wants to see Republicans stop defending Trump. Ellison then offered an analogy:

"If Donald Trump was the Mayor of a small town in rural America who asked the police chief to stop investigating a friend of his who was suspected of drunk driving, we probably wouldn’t be having a discussion about whether or not that Mayor was corrupt. Especially if the Mayor fired the police chief afterwards for refusing to drop the investigation."

Five other U.S. Reps. from Minnesota released no statements about Comey's testimony.

What were the other Representatives talking about today?

All three of Minnesota's Republicans in Congress applauded House approval of a bill repealing banking regulations.

Rep. Jason Lewis was among those backing what Republicans call the Financial CHOICE Act. Rep. Erik Paulsen says it will prevent "too big to fail" bailouts of banks like the country saw after the 2008 banking collapse. Rep. Tom Emmer says it will undo regulations that are strangling community banks and credit unions.

Democrat Rick Nolan, who sits on the House transportation committee, questioned Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao about White House proposals to privatize the country's air traffic control system.

Rep. Collin Peterson did not release any statements on his website or social media Thursday.

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