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Congressman Hank Johnson

Representing the 4th District of Georgia

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Congressman Hank Johnson's Statement on the Firing of FBI Director Comey

May 10, 2017
Press Release

By terminating FBI Director James Comey, President Donald Trump has continued his assault on our Republic. 

As recently as last week, Comey confirmed that the FBI has active ongoing counter terrorism and criminal investigations into the Trump campaign’s connections to the Russian government's attempts to influence the outcome of this country’s most recent presidential election. 

The abrupt and unwarranted firing of James Comey appears to be another impulsive act; but a deeper view may reveal a cold, calculated and self-serving attempt to derail ongoing investigations. 

Taken together with the recent firings of Acting Attorney General Sally Yates and New York's U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, James Comey's firing suggests an attempt to squelch an investigation in an effort to cover up wrongdoing. 

This course of conduct must not be allowed to stand unchallenged. President Trump cannot be allowed to bully Congress and the American people into silence. 

The future viability of our Republic requires Congress to conduct an independent and immediate investigation led by a special prosecutor to get to the bottom of what 17 different intelligence agencies have all concluded, which is that Russia meddled in this country’s presidential election.

For the security of our democracy, Americans deserve to know whether there was any collusion between the Russians and anyone connected to the Trump campaign.