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Honorable Tim Walz

Representing the 1st District of MINNESOTA

Walz Statement on Removal of FBI Director

May 9, 2017
Press Release

MANKATO, MN – Today, U.S. Representative Tim Walz (MN-01) released the following statement on the President’s firing of FBI Director James Comey:

“As I called for back in February, we immediately need a special prosecutor to ensure an independent investigation into the Putin-ordered Russian attack on our democracy, including but not limited to any relevant ties between anyone associated with then-Candidate Donald Trump and Russia.

“Last Wednesday, Director Comey warned us that Russia presents “the greatest threat of any nation on Earth” to our democratic process. Given his abrupt firing today by the President, our most urgent and existential questions remain. Did this White House coordinate with a foreign government to win an election?

“In the face of such a fundamental threat to our national sovereignty, the Congress cannot stay quiet any longer. We must assert our own independence as a separate but coequal branch of our government. We must exert our constitutional oversight authority to the fullest extent possible. It is our duty to do so.

“Republicans in Congress need to put country over party and join with Democrats immediately to defend our democracy.”

Rep. Walz is a cosponsor of the Protecting Our Democracy Act (H.R. 356), a bill to establish a National Commission on Foreign Interference in the 2016 Election. For the full text of the legislation introduced by Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA-15) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (MD-07), please click here.