Esty Statement on the Firing of James Comey
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today released the following statement:
“President Trump’s firing of Director Comey sets our nation on course for a constitutional crisis. The American people cannot have confidence in an FBI investigation that bears on President Trump after the President himself handpicks the FBI’s new director. The only solution that will restore public trust is for Congress to appoint a special prosecutor to conduct an independent investigation. It is time for every member of Congress to put country before party.
“Over the last four months, a corrosive pattern of disinformation and obstruction has impeded the public’s ability to determine the full truth about the extent of Russian interference and who facilitated Russia’s interference in our election. First, Attorney General Sessions compromised himself by failing to disclose, while under oath, his own conversations with the Russian ambassador. Then the White House failed to act for 18 days on the knowledge that National Security Advisor Flynn had lied about his ties with Russian officials. Then House Intelligence Committee Chairman Nunes undermined his credibility by back-channeling with the White House about his own committee’s investigation. Throughout, the President has made repeated false statements designed to undermine the FBI’s investigation of Russian interference in the November election— including a defamatory and grossly irresponsible allegation against his predecessor.
“Now the President has fired the FBI Director just as the FBI had begun issuing subpoenas in the course of its investigation of the President’s associates and two days before the FBI Director was due to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee. It is also very troubling that immediately following the sudden firing of FBI Director Comey yesterday, the White House announced last night that the President would be meeting today with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov.”
“The timing of and reasons for the abrupt firing of FBI Director Comey raise many concerning and disturbing questions that demand full and honest answers from the President and the Administration.”