Illinois Politicians React to Firing of FBI Director James Comey

After President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday night, Illinois politicians from both sides of the aisle issued statements on the dismissal.

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In a surprising development, FBI Director James Comey was fired by President Donald Trump on Tuesday night, and Illinois politicians from both sides of the political spectrum issued strong statements on the issue.
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“The termination and removal of James Comey as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation raises the critical question as to whether the FBI investigation of Russian interference in the last presidential campaign will continue and as to whether the investigation of any collusion or involvement by the Trump campaign will also be investigated by the FBI. Any attempt to stop or undermine this FBI investigation would raise grave constitutional issues. Under these circumstances, I renew my call for an independent counsel and a special commission to fully investigate the Russian interference. We await clarification by the White House as soon as possible as to whether this investigation will continue and whether it will have a credible leader so that we know it will have a just outcome.”
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“The President’s actions transcend any one individual and raise significant concerns over the basic rule of law, especially if they are intended to dissuade criminal investigators from digging too deep into Trump Administration officials and associates – or even the President himself. If any doubts remained about the need for a transparent, impartial and independent investigation into the Trump Administration, the firing of Director Comey surely eliminates them.
It is not clear why Attorney General Sessions, who previously claimed he would recuse himself from all Russia-related matters, was involved in firing the law enforcement official leading the Russia investigation. There are simply too many questions raised by tonight’s actions, and the American people deserve nothing less than answers from an independent investigator.
"To date, President Trump has fired the FBI Director, the acting Attorney General and nearly 50 federal prosecutors. It seems anyone investigating President Trump's ties to Putin or Russia's effort to hack our election hears President Trump's favorite phrase: 'you're fired.'
nIt's time to appoint an non-partisan independent special counsel to investigate this Administration's Russia conflicts. The President owes it to the nation to be truthful and transparent. We cannot afford anymore diversions or double speak. Let's hold the President accountable for his actions and that starts with him owning up to someone he can't fire."
Tania Dumas
“President Trump’s firing of FBI Director Comey is a nearly unprecedented action by an American president. It is extremely disturbing that the Chief Executive is interfering with an ongoing investigation into his Administration by firing the person charged with conducting it. One cannot help but be reminded of President Nixon’s Saturday Night Massacre. This action only raises further questions regarding the Administration's ties to Russia.
The White House has already engaged in misdirection about fired former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s misconduct by refusing to provide investigators with documents regarding his security clearance. Today, President Trump has fired the individual most central to all the investigations into any illicit involvement with the Russian Government.
Following revelations of his own contact with the Kremlin, Attorney General Sessions promised to recuse himself from the Russia investigation. Today however, he endorsed the firing of the man leading it. FBI Director Comey was leading a counter-intelligence investigation of the President’s 2016 campaign and its ties to Russian agents. The credibility gap between the Trump Administration and the American people continues to grow each day with each new revelation.
As a member of the House Oversight Committee, I would welcome Director Comey’s public, sworn testimony on the status of the FBI’s investigation into Russian interference and the Kremlin’s interactions with Trump associates.
The need for an independent commission or fully independent prosecutor to investigate and bring to light the truth of these matters for the American people is now more clear than ever.”
“As I said at my Town Hall Meeting tonight, President Trump’s firing of FBI Director Comey is very troubling. It is now even more important that we do everything possible to learn about Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign. In March we learned that the FBI is investigating members of the Trump campaign for possible collusion with Russian authorities during the election. We must make sure that Director Comey’s firing in no way interferes with this investigation.
“In March I also called for an independent commission to look into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Today I reiterate my plea for such a bipartisan investigative commission. This is not about re-litigating the election; this is about protecting our republic going forward. We must make sure that we do everything we can to help ensure confidence in our elections going forward and to find out whether anyone in the Trump campaign was involved in colluding with Russia. This should not be about politics, it should be about making sure our nation is secure, and about protecting and strengthening our democratic institutions.”
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"Today, President Trump added to his long record of disruption and distraction by attempting to hand select the individual that leads the investigation into his own Administration. It is no coincidence that Director Comey was fired shortly after confirming the existence of the FBI's investigation into collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. Despite the Administration's illogical excuses, this move serves only one purpose: to stall the process and prevent the truth from being revealed to the American people. It is a brazen decision taken straight out of the Nixon playbook.
"We also can't ignore that this shocking decision was made in part on the recommendation of Attorney General Jeff Session who has recused himself from any investigations into collusion with Russia. The firing of Director Comey underscores two things: the need for a special prosecutor and the importance of our investigation in the House, as we continue our efforts to shine a light on information that this Administration is clearly trying to keep in the dark.
"I suspect that President Trump thought this tactic would detract attention away from this critical investigation; however, it will have just the opposite effect. Our search for answers is more vital now than ever."
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“Director Comey had become a lightning rod for criticism over the past few months. Republicans and especially Democrats had sadly lost confidence in his ability to lead the FBI. I was surprised by the timing of the announcement. The FBI Director must enjoy the full confidence of the American people to effectively administer justice.”
“President Trump’s abrupt decision to fire FBI Director James Comey amid an ongoing investigation into the President’s campaign is deeply troubling and raises many questions about both the prospect for a credible investigation and the future independence of the FBI. The sudden dismissal and the inadequate reasoning offered by the Administration reeks of politically-motivated interference.
n“The American people deserve the truth about Russia’s meddling in our election. The only way to preserve the public’s confidence after this executive abuse is a fully independent investigation free from political interference.”
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