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Congressman Tim Ryan

Representing the 13th District of Ohio

Congressman Tim Ryan Stands Up to Republican Attacks on American Democracy

January 2, 2018
Press Release

Warren, Ohio — Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) made the following statement today in regards to the barrage of recent attacks on the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) from President Trump, the Administration, and Republican elected-officials.

“These attacks go against the heart of who we are as Americans and what we stand for. We fought and bled for independence and formed a democracy in the name of liberty and justice for all. Our Constitution establishes a separation of powers so that we will never again have authoritarian rule. Republican calls to undermine these most basic pillars of our democracy aren’t normal, they aren't just politics, they are downright un-American. Being able to independently investigate our own government free from political influence is what makes our nation great and it’s what sets us apart from the rest of the world. I fully support the FBI and its agents serving at the highest levels of law enforcement. They are protecting our nation here at home and we should never let partisan politics stand in the way of our citizens’ safety or foreign threats to our democracy,” said Rep. Tim Ryan.

On January 26, Rep. Francis Rooney (R-FL) called for leaders of the DOJ and FBI to “purge” officials who are politically biased against President Trump. This follows weeks of Republican attempts to delegitimize and compromise Special Counsel Robert Muller’s investigation into Russian election interference.