Lowey Statement on President’s Decision to Fire FBI Director

May 10, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey (D-Rockland/Westchester), Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee, today released the following statement regarding President Trump’s decision to fire Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey:

“President Trump’s decision to fire the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation raises questions, and the Administration’s explanation for this dismissal lacks any clarity. In his letter to Director Comey, the President himself alludes to the ongoing investigation regarding Russian’s interference in our election and his ties to it. Any attempt to derail this investigation would be a threat to our very democracy.

“President Trump must immediately make three things clear: why he chose to fire Director Comey now; why Administration officials have claimed Director Comey’s termination had nothing to do with pre-election events; and why the American people should have confidence in any future nominee the President chooses for FBI Director.

“I join a bipartisan, bicameral group of my colleagues in renewing our calls for a special prosecutor and an independent, bipartisan Congressional commission to get to the bottom of the President’s ties to Russia. Now more than ever, the American people demand the full, clear, and independent truth about President Trump’s connections to Vladimir Putin and the Russian government.”