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Nevada's Representatives Weigh in on Comey Controversy

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With the storm surrounding FBI Director James Comey's firing brewing in Washington, D.C., Nevada's representatives are choosing to wait and see what happens.

Channel 2 reached out to both Nevada senators and Congressman Mark Amodei for responses on Wednesday.

Senator Catherine Cortez Masto said over the phone that appointing an independent investigator is "the right thing to do."

"I think the DOJ is compromised, from Jeff Sessions all the way down," Cortez Masto said. "There should be a special prosecutor who is independent of all this."

Just an hour or so later, the news broke that they are appointing a special counsel to look into the allegations surrounding Comey's firing, and the investigation into the Trump campaign's alleged communication with Russia.

Cortez Masto said she is waiting on the evidence of that investigation to say if there has been major wrongdoing.

A Texas congressman asked for impeachment on the house floor Wednesday, and when asked whether impeachment is a real possibility, Cortez Masto replied:

"We need that evidence. We need to see the memos. We need to know the conversations that occurred. We need to know why Comey was fired. I think we need the specific evidence before we can even make a determination on where to go from here."

The messages from her Republican colleagues are similar. While both Senator Dean Heller and Congressman Mark Amodei said they could not do interviews Wednesday, they did send statements.

Amodei sent: "I believe the appointment of the special counsel is transparent, it moves it out of the political circus, and it's a good idea."

Heller sent: "The Department of Justice's decision to appoint a special counsel is a positive step toward getting to the bottom of Russia's attempt to influence our elections and providing the American people with the answers they expect and deserve. I'm hopeful that this development will allow Congress to return its focus to legislating and finding solutions to the challenges that Nevadans are facing."

Cortez Masto agreed, saying she would like to get back to the regular business of Congress.

"Unfortunately we've seen continual distractions from the White House, and that's playing into all of this," Masto said.

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