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Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi

Representing the 8th District of Illinois

Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi Calls On Chairman Chaffetz to Subpoena White House in Wake of Disturbing New Revelations

May 19, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, a member of the House Oversight Committee, released the following statement in response to an undisputed New York Times report that President Trump told Russian officials firing former FBI Director James Comey took the pressure off him, and a separate Washington Post report that a White House official is a person of interest in a federal Russia probe:      

“I find it deeply disturbing that President Trump told representatives of the Kremlin that firing Mr. Comey lifted the pressure from him with regard to investigations into his and his associates’ Russia ties. President Trump may have believed that firing Mr. Comey would end our investigations into Russian interference. If this was the case, he could not have been more mistaken.

This account, which the White House did not dispute, only adds to the growing questions around the President’s motives in firing Mr. Comey, as well as the larger issue of his campaign and administration’s potential ties to Vladimir Putin’s government. This news is all the more disturbing in the wake of the separate revelation that the current Russia probe reaches the highest levels of the Trump administration and that a current White House official and Trump campaign veteran has been identified as a person of interest in the federal investigation.

I’m heartened that former FBI Director Robert Mueller was appointed as Special Prosecutor earlier this week, and I have no doubts as to his dedication to fulfilling his responsibility, but Congress must do the same.

Last Friday, as a member of the House Oversight Committee, I called upon the White House Counsel to turn any White House ‘tapes’ over to our committee. The White House has not responded to my request, but today’s revelations only magnify the need to gather all the evidence related to not only this meeting, but also the broader issue of the President’s suspicious firing of Mr. Comey. The Oversight Committee must act.

Chairman Chaffetz announced earlier in the week that he had his subpoena pen ready. Now is the time to use it.”