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Ruppersberger Issues Statement on Abrupt Firing of FBI Director James Comey

May 10, 2017
Press Release

(Timonium, MD) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) today issued the following statement on the White House’s termination of FBI Director James Comey:

“The timing of Director Comey’s termination raises legitimate questions concerning a White House cover-up. His departure disrupts an already slow-moving investigation of a hostile nation committing crimes against our country with possible collusion from Americans associated with our Commander in Chief.

I continue to echo the now-growing chorus of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle: Congress must immediately create a bipartisan and full-time committee to investigate any and all connections between the Administration and Russia. This will complement the investigations already underway on the House and Senate Intelligence Committees. Congress should also work to pass legislation creating an independent commission that could investigate this matter. Such a law could be veto-proof with a two-thirds majority of both houses. I am also calling on the Department of Justice to name a special counsel to carry the criminal investigation forward without further compromising its integrity. 

The rule of law and justice are backbones of our country and are what make us great now – not great ‘again.’ No one – not even the President – is above the law.  The American people deserve justice based on facts, not politics. Let’s get these facts as quickly as possible to determine if crimes have been committed or not. Only then can we move forward as a country once and for all."