Yesterday the news spread like wildfire that James Comey, director of the FBI, was fired — taking even Comey himself by surprise when he learned about it from a television news report playing in the background during a talk he was giving in Los Angeles. The move raised eyebrows across the aisles as more Republicans voiced concerns about the timing of the firing and joined in what had previously been a primarily Democratic call for a special prosecutor in the investigation of Trump administration ties to Russia and Russian interference in the 2016 election.
U.S. Attorney General, Jeff Sessions is himself one of the potential White House officials with ties to Russia that may be under investigation, particularly after news broke that Sessions had allegedly lied in his own congressional hearing about meetings with Russian officials during the campaign. Outcry about Sessions’ omission under oath led Sessions to recuse himself from any Russia inquiry. Second in command, deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, refused to appoint a special prosecutor at the time.
It was the Department of Justice, however, and Rosenstein and Sessions in particular, that were key in the firing of Comey, reportedly at the prompting of the White House. This key fact did not go unnoticed by prominent Republican leaders, including Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, who joined the call for the appointment of a special prosecutor and an independent investigator.
We must ask of our own Members of Congress to do exactly the same.
CALL TO ACTION
- Call on our two U.S. Senators and your one U.S. Representative to join the call for a special prosecutor in the Department of Justice to oversee investigations into White House ties with Russia and Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Sen. Orrin Hatch (202) 224-5251 (DC) // (801) 524-4380 (SLC) // (801) 375-7881 (Provo) // (435) 634-1795 (St. George) // (801) 625-5672 (Ogden) // (435) 586-8435 (Cedar City)
Sen. Mike Lee 202-224-5444 (DC) // 801-524-5933 (SLC) // 435-628-5514 (St. George) // 801-392-9633 (Ogden)
Rep. Rob Bishop (Congressional District 1): 202-225-0453 (DC) // 801-625-0107 (Ogden)
Rep. Chris Stewart (Congressional District 2): 202-225-9730 (DC) // 801-364-5550 (SLC) // 435-627-1500 (St. George)
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (Congressional District 3): (202) 225-7751 (DC) // (801) 851-2500 (UT)
Rep. Mia Love (Congressional District 4): (202) 225-3011 (DC) // 801-996-8729 (West Jordan)
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New York Times: “Firing Fuels Calls for Independent Investigation, Even From Republicans”
New York Times: “Updates and Reactions to FBI Director Comey’s Firing”
CNBC: “Justice Department was told to come up with reasons to fire Comey, reports say“