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Congresswoman Clarke’s Statement on the Firing of FBI Director James Comey

“I am deeply troubled by Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey. This abrupt dismissal comes across as yet another desperate attempt to obstruct and thwart all efforts to get to the facts, regarding the extent of the collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government during the 2016 Presidential election. Dismissal of the FBI Director, particularly at a time when Comey was investigating suspicious contacts between the Trump campaign and agents of the Russian government, raises many issues regarding the conduct and motives behind such an act. We deserve to know the truth about these contacts and whether any illegal conduct occurred. For this reason, we need a special prosecutor, an individual not connected to Donald Trump or his administration, who has the authority to complete a full investigation and determine the facts of the matter.”