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Perdue, Ossoff and other Georgia politicians react to Comey termination

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President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey drew polarizing reactions from Republican and Democratic lawmakers in Georgia.

U.S. Senator David Perdue released a statement in support of the president's decision.

“President Trump acted decisively and within his authority, and I stand behind him," Perdue said. "The FBI is much larger than one person and the bureau has thousands of agents working hard every day to keep our nation safe."

"I am confident a new permanent director will be nominated and confirmed as soon as possible.”

Comey's abrupt firing received strong criticism from Democratic circles for being within close proximity of the FBI investigation into the Trump campaign's potential collusion with Russian officials throughout the 2016 presidential election.

Hank Johnson, Georgia's House representative for District 4, denounced the president's decision, saying it "appears to be another impulsive act," also calling it a "cold, calculated and self-serving attempt to derail ongoing investigations."

Jon Ossoff, one of two candidates vying for the vacant District 6 House seat, also released a statement via social media.

"Comey's firing raises severe questions," Ossoff said. "There should be bipartisan support for a special prosecutor to investigate Russian interference."

Karen Handel also released a statement on the issue, saying Comey "Lost the confidence of Republicans, Democrats and broader institutions."

Read more: Handel racks up endorsements, Ossoff calls for debates in District 6 race

The FBI director received national attention during the 2016 presidential election for his letter to congress in late October regarding Hillary Clinton's emails, which many believe cost her the election.

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