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Congressman Luis Gutierrez

Representing the 4th District of Illinois

Gutiérrez Reacts to Firing of FBI Director James Comey by President Trump

May 9, 2017
Press Release
“This is a dark day in American democracy.”

Washington, DC – Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) issued a statement reacting to the news today that President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.  Rep. Gutiérrez is in his 13th term representing the Fourth District of Illinois.  He is a Member of the Judiciary Committee and is the Chair of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

We will look back on this day as the day the Trump cover-up began – and began to unravel.  President Trump is up to no good firing Comey, which is why we need a special prosecutor to investigate Trump, the campaign, and White House ties to Russia.  

I don’t buy the justification that all of a sudden, President Trump decided Comey’s conduct regarding the investigation of candidate Hillary Clinton warranted Comey’s dismissal.   Even if Trump had a deep well of truthfulness, which he does not, I would find it hard to believe he is doing this to vindicate Hillary Clinton.

Trump isn't. He's obviously scared of what the Russia investigation or investigations might turn up and has acted to knock them off track.

That the Attorney General was involved in the decision to fire Comey is unacceptable.  Jeff Sessions lied under oath about his dealings with Russia and recused himself from the investigation, only to turn around and play a role in the firing of the guy in charge of investigation.  How is that OK?

This is a dark day in American democracy.

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