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Congressman Mike Quigley

Representing the 5th District of Illinois

Quigley Statement on Firing of FBI Director Comey

May 9, 2017
Press Release

CHICAGO – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, released the below statement after President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey following consultation from Attorney General Jeff Sessions:

"Today, President Trump added to his long record of disruption and distraction by attempting to hand select the individual that leads the investigation into his own Administration. It is no coincidence that Director Comey was fired shortly after confirming the existence of the FBI's investigation into collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. Despite the Administration's illogical excuses, this move serves only one purpose: to stall the process and prevent the truth from being revealed to the American people. It is a brazen decision taken straight out of the Nixon playbook.  

"We also can't ignore that this shocking decision was made in part on the recommendation of Attorney General Jeff Session who has recused himself from any investigations into collusion with Russia. The firing of Director Comey underscores two things: the need for a special prosecutor and the importance of our investigation in the House, as we continue our efforts to shine a light on information that this Administration is clearly trying to keep in the dark. 

"I suspect that President Trump thought this tactic would detract attention away from this critical investigation. However, it will have just the opposite effect. Our search for answers is more vital now than ever."