Congressman Tim Ryan Statement on the Firing of FBI Director James Comey

May 9, 2017

Washington, DC -- Congressman Tim Ryan released the following statement in response to news that President Donald Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey.

"The firing of FBI Director James Comey is yet another disturbing development in the matter of Russia's meddling in the 2016 election, and President Trump's lack of transparency regarding his financial entanglements and dealings with Russia. While I had my disagreements with the Director over certain issues, the nature of the position is that it be insulated from political pressures, that is why it is a ten year term of office. His firing signals a very dark day for the independent nature of the FBI's work, and further undermines the American people's trust in our institutions. The time has long since passed to investigate this matter in an independent, nonpartisan way. This development makes clear that we must appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the Trump-Russia ties. The American people deserve the truth,” said Congressman Ryan.