Arizona Sen. John McCain weighed in on President Trump's firing of former FBI Director James Comey, breaking from the Republican ranks by saying that he didn't believe there was "sufficient rationale" for relieving Comey of his duties, CNN reported.
"I regret that it's happened," McCain said. "We have a lot of issues and challenges, and this diverts a lot of that attention."
Brad Jaffy of NBC posted a transcript of the interview to Twitter.
Reaction to Comey's firing has been predictably partisan in Washington, with many Republicans lamenting the fact that Comey's mishandling of the Clinton email investigation had lost him the trust of the president and the American people.
Democrats on the other hand, despite calling for Comey's head after he reopened the email investigation 11 days before the presidential election, criticized Trump for firing Comey while he was investigating potential ties between Russia and the Trump campaign.