Handel Avoids Talk Of Special Prosecutor After Comey Firing

Republican candidate for Georgia's Sixth Congressional seat Karen Handel updates supporters on early results at an election night watch party in Roswell, Ga., Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Republicans are bidding to prevent a major upset in a conservative Georgia congressional district Tuesday where Democrats stoked by opposition to President Donald Trump have rallied behind a candidate who has raised a shocking amount of money for a special election. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
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The Republican in a closely watched suburban Atlanta congressional race is echoing the White House after President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.

Karen Handel says Trump’s move is “probably overdue.” Her Wednesday statement says Comey “lost the confidence of Republicans, Democrats and broader institutions.”

Handel says Trump should “quickly nominate a strong, independent” successor. But she makes no mention of the FBI’s inquiry into Trump’s ties to Russia, and she says nothing about calls for a special prosecutor.

Her opponent, Jon Ossoff, joined other Democrats on Tuesday in arguing for a special prosecutor.

A Handel aide says she won’t take questions until next week, when House Speaker Paul Ryan is set to campaign with her.

Ossoff is trying for a major upset in the 6th Congressional District.