Rep. Steve Chabot: Comey 'seemed to be doing a pretty good job'

'Timing of (firing) was certainly suspect'
Posted at 3:14 PM, May 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-12 15:15:42-04

CINCINNATI -- During a visit to King Academy in Over-the-Rhine, Rep. Steve Chabot shared his thoughts on this week's abrupt firing of former FBI Director James Comey.

"It seemed like half the time democrats were mad at FBI Director Comey, and half the time republicans were mad at him, and that, to me, makes me think you’re doing a pretty good job," Chabot said. "You're doing a good job if both sides aren’t necessarily completely satisfied with you."

Chabot said there "probably wouldn't have been a good time" to fire Comey, but that the timing in which President Donald Trump fired Comey

"I think the timing was certainly suspect," he said. "The American people deserve to know all the facts. I think the American people should have confidence that the FBI is an independent investigation agency. Politics needs to be kept out of this."

Chabot, a republican, represents Ohio's 1st Congressional District, which is Cincinnati's west side and Warren County.

Chabot spoke to Jeff Pastor's class at King Academy. Pastor, of Mount Lookout, is running for Cincinnati City Council. This is his first bid for city council.

"It took me three elections to get on city council," Chabot said, when asked for advice on Pastor's behalf. "If you’re doing this, make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons. I think (Pastor) is. He seems like he would be a great addition to city council."

WCPO Anchor Ryan Houston contributed to this report.