Quigley Statement on Comey Testimony
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), who serves on the House Intelligence Committee, released the below statement following former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony:
“Former FBI Director Comey’s testimony revealed key details about his interactions with President Trump, including that the President directed him to back off an active investigation into General Michael Flynn; demanded his loyalty; and repeatedly complained about the looming ‘cloud’ created by the Russian investigation. When Director Comey failed to follow these instructions and requests, he was fired by the President, who then went on to spread lies that defamed the former director and others at the FBI. The leader of our country’s most prominent law enforcement agency must always remain independent, and regardless of being ‘new’ to government, the President should know better than to interfere with that independence. The events described by Director Comey, while under oath, raise serious concerns—not least of which is the possibility of obstruction of justice.
“It’s important to recall the central focus of these Congressional probes—Russian interference into our 2016 Presidential election. Today, Director Comey clearly reinforced that the United States was attacked by an opportunistic foreign adversary with the goal of undermining our democracy. Director Comey testified that despite directly contacting him on nine separate occasions, not once did President Trump inquire about how we can prevent future Russian hacking. This apparent lack of interest in getting to the bottom of Russian interference in our elections is perhaps one of the most troubling things to come out of this hearing. Today’s testimony was an important step forward in what will continue to be a thorough investigation. I remain as committed as ever to following the facts, wherever they lead.”