Republican Senate hopeful Ben Sasse speaks in Lincoln, Neb., Tuesday, May 13, 2014, after winning his party's primary election. A crowd of Republican candidates jockeyed to succeed Nebraska's outgoing governor and senior U.S. senator in a busy primary election where voters also were set to select nominees for three other vacant offices. (AP Photo)

Ben Sasse: Comey’s firing ‘exacerbates erosion of trust’ in American institutions

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) is worried that President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey will further “undermined public trust in government” according to The Washington Times.

“I’ve been critical of that decision,” Sen. Sasse told “Face the Nation.” “I think it exacerbates the erosion of trust in our institutions, so I’m disappointed in the timing of the firing.”

Sasse added that there’s still “a lot that we need to understand better about how this happened.”

“There’s been a lot of politicization going on at the Department of Justice over the last five to eight to nine years as well,” he said. “We should want the Department of Justice to be very, very insulated from partisan politics.”

The Senator argued that these developments are part of a “civilization-warping crisis of public trust” in American institutions. Sasse noted that statesmen should work to rebuild that trust and create “a shared sense of what it means to be an American.”

“We’re going to need to have some institutions that we can rely on and believe are apolitical when the public has more and more doubt,” he concluded. “And right now Washington isn’t at all focused on the long-term challenge of rebuilding a shared narrative about America and institutional trust in our servants.”

After the firing, Sasse released a statement calling Comey “an honorable public servant.”

“Regardless of how you think Director Comey handled the unprecedented complexities of the 2016 election cycle, the timing of this firing is very troubling,” he said. “Jim Comey is an honorable public servant, and in the midst of a crisis of public trust that goes well beyond who you voted for in the presidential election, the loss of an honorable public servant is a loss for the nation. As the chairman of the Judiciary Committee’s Oversight Subcommittee, I have reached out to the Deputy Attorney General for clarity on his rationale for recommending this action.”

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