Costa Statement on Former FBI Director Comey’s Testimony
FRESNO, CA – Today, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement about former FBI Director James Comey’s June 8th testimony before the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee:
“Yesterday’s testimony by former FBI Director James Comey, I believe speaks for itself.
“It is of utmost importance to our democracy that we uncover the extent of Russia’s involvement in America’s election process last year. Fair and transparent elections are fundamental to our democracy, and protecting them from outside interference is paramount. Yesterday’s U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, as well as the investigation being conducted by Robert Mueller, are critical to finding this information.
“I believe former FBI Director Comey’s testimony was credible. The Russians for years have been covertly and overtly disrupting European elections, and last year they successfully disrupted our elections.
“The multiple ongoing investigations must continue, and we must follow the evidence wherever it leads in order to discover the facts surrounding Russia’s involvement in our elections. Ultimately, we must protect our election process from Russian involvement – or any other country – which means we must find out what happened during last year’s election, regardless of who was involved. Preventing foreign interference in our elections is critical to ensuring that Americans believe their vote counts.
“That’s why I have maintained for months that, in addition to the current investigations, we need to have an independent commission similar to the 9/11 investigatory commission to get to the bottom of this. The commission should be bipartisan and made up of respected Americans whose credibility is beyond question. In the commission’s final report, I would expect recommendations to Congress and state legislatures that ensures, American elections can never be tampered with again.”