Costa Statement on Dismissal of FBI Director James Comey

May 9, 2017
Press Release

FRESNO, CA - Today, Rep. Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement after President Donald Trump dismissed FBI Director James Comey on the recommendation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein:

“I find the President's decision to fire Director James Comey today deeply troubling.

“The Federal Bureau of Investigation is in the middle of a critical investigation to determine the extent of Russia's attempt to disrupt U.S. elections last year, as they have been negatively influencing democratic elections in recent years. Regardless of one’s political party affiliation, I believe all Americans agree that Russia – or any other country – should not be meddling in our elections. We must investigate fully Russia’s involvement in our election process, regardless of where the evidence leads.

“Months ago I stated that an independent commission should be named to investigate and determine the extent Russia influenced our election process, like we did during the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks on the United States. As we begin the process of appointing and confirming a new FBI director, I feel more strongly than ever that we need an independent commission to get to the bottom of this and ensure that no country in the future will ever affect U.S. elections.”