DPCC Co-Chair David Cicilline Discusses President Trump’s Alleged Interference in FBI Investigation & Decision to Share Classified Information with the Putin Regime

May 17, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman David Cicilline, Co-Chair of the House Democratic Policy & Communications Committee (DPCC), today joined CNN's John Berman to discuss the Comey Memo and President Trump’s reported interference in the FBI’s investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Congressman Cicilline also joined MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson to discuss how President Trump is undermining American national security and putting lives at risk by sharing highly classified secrets with the Russians. Below are excerpts from the interviews and a link to the videos:

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“This is obviously a very, very serious circumstance, and I think we really all need to understand the gravity of it. This is a story, which if true, demonstrates that the President attempted to stop an investigation. [It’s] classic prima facie obstruction of justice…”

“It is important for the judiciary and oversight committees to get to the bottom of, to do a full review of this…we [also] need to have an independent prosecutor appointed – an independent commission to study the broader issues at stake. This is the President of the United States telling the FBI Director at the time to stop an investigation that potentially includes criminal activity. We should be reminded this is what Richard Nixon was impeached for and finally resigned: the attempt to cover up and stop an investigation.”

“We have been pressing the Chairman to bring Director Comey in to the Judiciary Committee for quite a while now…He needs to explain exactly what happened. I think the American people deserve to hear this from him.”

“Nobody is above the law in this country, including our President. That's what makes our democracy so strong. The American people want to know what's happened here. We have a responsibility to demand this be fully investigated and the facts be uncovered and whatever the consequences are, they are. But we cannot allow this to go uninvestigated. We can't allow this to just sit there. The President needs to be held accountable if he in fact did this, there will be consequences.”

“If the President engaged in obstruction of justice, he has demonstrated his inability to remain as our President.”

 

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“This is the disclosure of highly classified information shared by our ally in the region with the express condition that it not be shared with others…It makes it more difficult for us to be the recipients of intelligence [and] to work with allies in the region, if people don't have confidence the President of the United States can keep the confidences.”

“[Trump] shared them with an adversary of the United States. A thug and a dictator - the Russian leader, Vladimir Putin, is engaged in activities around the world contrary to interests of the United States, particularly in Syria.”

“It is very concerning, whether or not our intelligence agencies will continue to receive the information they need, the intelligence they need, to keep America safe. So the notion that the President of the United States, in a meeting in the oval office - where he excluded the American media, only covered by the Russian media - shared highly classified information that potentially put the lives of individuals in danger and undermined American national security is really disturbing.”

“I expect our allies are going to think twice about whether or not they can have confidence in sharing information with the U.S. President, and that that will be kept confidential.”

“This President has demonstrated an inability to follow procedures or appropriate protocols as it relates to classified information or general information for their allies. Somehow, attempting to reestablish that relationship of trust, and I think it'll be difficult because this President has a pattern of not being truthful.”

“We need to hear from Director Comey and we need to see the reports he prepared contemporaneous with that event. That is a serious allegation – something we should understand the soberness of and recognize that if true, it would constitute obstruction of justice and would certainly be a basis for removal from office. I think what we need to do now is have an independent commission, an independent counsel so we get all of the facts, so that we can make that determination. People should make no mistake about it, this is a very grave and serious allegation that has very enormous consequences for our country.”