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Congressman Richard Neal

Representing the 1st District of Massachusetts

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Statement of Congressman Richard E. Neal on the Firing of FBI Director Comey

May 10, 2017
Press Release

(WASHINGTON) Congressman Richard E. Neal released the following statement today on the firing of FBI Director James Comey by President Donald Trump.

Last night, President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey who was leading the investigation into his administrations ties to the Russian government. This stunning development follows his removal of acting Attorney General Sally Yates and U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, both highly respected and independent law enforcement officials. What we are witnessing from the White House is virtually unprecedented in American history and deeply troubling.

Since January, I have been calling for an independent and bipartisan investigation into the Kremlin’s interference in the 2016 presidential investigation. That act was nothing less than a direct assault on our democracy by a hostile foreign government. The abrupt dismissal of Director Comey only reinforces my belief that a special prosecutor is needed immediately. The American people deserve to know the truth,” said Congressman Richard E. Neal.