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Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi

Representing the 8th District of Illinois

Rep. Krishnamoorthi Denounces President Trump’s Firing of FBI Director Comey, Calls for Independent Commission or Fully Independent Prosecutor to Investigate

May 9, 2017
Press Release

SCHAUMBURG, IL – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi released the following statement today in response to President Trump’s sudden firing of FBI Director James Comey:

“President Trump’s firing of FBI Director Comey is a nearly unprecedented action by an American president. It is extremely disturbing that the Chief Executive is interfering with an ongoing investigation into his Administration by firing the person charged with conducting it. One cannot help but be reminded of President Nixon’s Saturday Night Massacre. This action only raises further questions regarding the Administration's ties to Russia.

The White House has already engaged in misdirection about fired former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s misconduct by refusing to provide investigators with documents regarding his security clearance. Today, President Trump has fired the individual most central to all the investigations into any illicit involvement with the Russian Government.

Following revelations of his own contact with the Kremlin, Attorney General Sessions promised to recuse himself from the Russia investigation. Today however, he endorsed the firing of the man leading it. FBI Director Comey was leading a counter-intelligence investigation of the President’s 2016 campaign and its ties to Russian agents. The credibility gap between the Trump Administration and the American people continues to grow each day with each new revelation.

As a member of the House Oversight Committee, I would welcome Director Comey’s public, sworn testimony on the status of the FBI’s investigation into Russian interference and the Kremlin’s interactions with Trump associates.

The need for an independent commission or fully independent prosecutor to investigate and bring to light the truth of these matters for the American people is now more clear than ever.”