>> Washington waking up to lingering questions Wednesday, after President Trump suddenly fired FBI director James Comey, igniting a political firestorm as he forced out the man who have been overseeing an investigation into his campaign's ties with Russia. I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington where the shockwaves are still reverberating.
Democrats accusing the president of a coverup, saying it recalls the dark days of the Watergate scandal. But it's unclear whether they have the power to change the administration's course. Here are a few things to watch for as the day unfolds. First, what happens to the FBI's Russia probe?
US Intelligence Services have concluded that Russia tried to tilt last year's election to Trump, and the FBI's been investigating since July whether any of Trump's associates were actively involved in that effort. Comey's firing throws that investigation into question. Second, why did Trump fire Comey? Trump's saying that is because Comey mishandled an investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails, but Trump has repeatedly praised Comey on that issue in recent months.
The White House sure to face tough questions on that front today. Third, will the administration bow to calls for a special prosecutor to take over the investigation? Democrats have been banging this drum for months, but so far they've gotten very little Republican buy-in. Look to see if Republican lawmakers change their tune.
Congress has made very little headway so far in its own investigation. Comey's firing sure to force the issue. Finally, who will replace Comey at the FBI? FBI directors are supposed to be independent of the president, but Trump is now in a position to name Comey's replacement. Whoever he names will be under the microscope.
Republicans have the votes to get that person through the Senate without Democratic support. But that would do little to reassure the broader American public that they've got a reliable cop on the beat.>> We're gonna go on to a lot of other things.