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Statement from Rep. Peter DeFazio on President Trump’s Firing of FBI Director James Comey

May 10, 2017
Press Release

Rep. Peter DeFazio today released the following statement in response to President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey:

“The firing of FBI Director James Comey is a disturbing development in the Trump administration’s continued systematic obstruction of the investigation into Russian interference in our presidential election. We are still learning the troubling details surrounding Director Comey’s dismissal, including the fact that Attorney General Sessions—who, after multiple major revelations and embarrassments for the administration, recused himself from the Russia investigation due to his involvement in the Trump campaign—was directly involved with the decision to fire the FBI Director.

“I have believed for some time that the only way to uncover the truth about the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia is to appoint a truly independent special prosecutor to conduct a thorough, unbiased investigation into the matter, and this latest incident only strengthens that belief. I have co-sponsored legislation to create an independent commission devoted to this investigation, and I urge Republican leadership to put aside any partisan differences and immediately act to look into this matter.”