May 10, 2017

Feinstein Statement on Comey Firing

Washington—Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement on the firing of FBI Director James Comey:

“The real question we face today is whether Director Comey was fired because of the Clinton email investigation—which could have happened in January—or whether he was fired because of the FBI’s investigation of Trump connections to Russia.

“If Director Comey was fired to stifle the FBI’s Russia investigation—and the timing of this action makes that a real possibility—that simply can’t be allowed to happen.

“Toward that end, I plan to work closely with Senator Blumenthal on the appointment of an independent prosecutor. I will also support Deputy AG Rosenstein in the appointment of a special counsel who should be far removed from the politics of this place.

“Americans expect to have faith in the ability of the Justice Department to carry out a high-level investigation without interference from the White House. I can’t yet say whether what the president told me is all there is to this, but I can say the Russia investigation was broad and far underway, and it must be allowed to continue.”

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