Congressman Garamendi Statement on Removal of FBI Director Comey

May 10, 2017

DAVIS, CA – Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, Davis, Yuba City, CA), a Member of the House Armed Services Committee, today issued the following statement after President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey:

“I’m shocked and deeply concerned by the President’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey. The notion that this was the result of Director Comey’s handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton is just not credible. By taking this action in the middle of an FBI investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, the President has cast a dark cloud over the Department of Justice’s ability to handle this investigation without political influence. The timing of this firing is suspect and troubling.

Either through a special prosecutor above reproach or through an independent commission, we need to get to the bottom of Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election. For the American public to have faith in the American judicial system, that independent investigation needs to be far removed from the partisan politics of Congress and this Administration, and it needs to happen immediately.”