The former FBI director had been leading the agency's investigation into the USA intelligence community's conclusion that Russia meddled in the 2016 election and possible collusion between Trump campaign aides and Russian officials.
Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper says the United States' political institutions are now "under assault" both externally and internally, in the wake of President Donald Trump's firing of ex-FBI Director James Comey.
Schiff added that the next FBI director to lead the investigation will need to have "absolute integrity and independence" noting it should be someone "non-political". While 36 percent of independents disapprove of the firing, 42 percent said they had no opinion one way or another, higher than the overall 32 percent of Americans who didn't have anything to say on the matter.
Trump said in an interview with NBC that the Russian Federation investigation factored into his decision to fire Comey.
The president tweeted about the Russian Federation investigation several times this week, including on Thursday when he said "Russia must be laughing up their sleeves watching as the USA tears itself apart over a Democrat EXCUSE for losing the election". An association representing Federal Bureau of Investigation agents has endorsed former Representative Mike Rogers, a Republican who was once an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent.
There is one thing that Republicans and Democrats do seem to agree on and that's support for an independent commission or special prosecutor to investigate Russia's involvement in the election.
The Trump administration has provided various reasons for Comey's dismissal, including recommendations from the Justice Department and Trump's own statement that Comey "was not doing a good job".
"We have got to make sure that these tapes, if they exist, don't mysteriously disappear", he said. Changing rationales for the firing offered by White House aides added an element of chaos to the president's action.
Almost a dozen people are being considered, including attorneys, law enforcement officials, and lawmakers.
Schiff said that what disturbed him most about Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosensetin's memo, suggesting to terminate Comey, was the fact it was addressed to Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Department of Justice officials were holding interviews all weekend to fill Comey's spot.
-Adam Lee, special agent in charge of the FBI's office in Richmond, Virginia. John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Senate leader and a former Texas attorney general. -Michael J. Garcia, a former prosecutor and associate judge on New York's appeals court -Sen.
-U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson, a Bush appointee who struck down the centerpiece of the Obama administration's health care law in 2010.
-Rogers. The FBI Agents Association says it believes his diverse background makes him the best choice.
"The attorney general was supposed to have recused himself from anything involving Russian Federation, and here he is, recommending the firing of the top cop doing the Russian Federation investigation, in clear violation of what he, the attorney general, had committed to doing".
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of SC said on Sunday there may come a time when a special prosecutor is needed but not now.