State Republican Chairman Ed Cox treaded lightly on Wednesday during a radio interview on the firing of FBI Director James Comey.

Speaking with Fred Dicker on Talk-1300 this morning, Cox gave a by-the-book recitation of Comey’s firing based on the White House’s timeline.

Comey was fired Tuesday evening by President Donald Trump as the administration pointed to his handling of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. But the firing comes as the FBI is overseeing the investigation into alleged ties between the administration and Russia.

“There was a report that was done by the newly deputy attorney general,” Cox said. “Trump received it, he took a look at it, and said Comey has to go.”

Cox at the same time dismissed allegations that Trump’s campaign worked with Russian intelligence to interfere in the election.

“The president decided to act on it. There’s no evidence of collusion between the Russians and the Trump campaign,” he said.

The firing of Comey drew comparisons by some on Tuesday night to President Richard Nixon order his attorney general to fire an independent special prosecutor overseeing the Watergate case.

Cox is the son-in-law of the late president.