DPCC Co-Chairs Congressman Jeffries and Congressman Cicilline, Judiciary Democrats Demand Immediate Hearing into Comey Firing

May 12, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Jeffries and U.S. Congressman Cicilline, Co-Chairs of the House Democratic Policy & Communications Committee (DPCC), joined U.S. House Judiciary Committee Democrats in demanding an immediate congressional hearing into President Trump’s nearly unprecedented firing of James Comey, the Republican former director of the Federal Bureau of Intelligence (FBI).

The unceremonious termination of Comey arrived on the heels of media reports detailing FBI progress in the investigation of alleged illegal coordination between Putin’s Russia and Trump officials. Seventeen different U.S. intelligence agencies have already confirmed that Russia, at the personal direction of Vladimir Putin, intervened to help Donald Trump defeat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. The Russian hacking effort is considered by many to be an act of war.

Click here to read the full letter to their Republican counterparts signed by every Democratic member of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, which has jurisdictional oversight over the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The letter states, in part:

“We write today to request that you immediately schedule hearings concerning President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey.  This decision to abruptly fire Mr. Comey not only undermines the Department of Justice’s investigation into Russia’s efforts to influence the recent U.S. elections in possible coordination with the Trump campaign, but also threatens to erode confidence in the Department as a bedrock of independence and integrity within our system of government. The dismissal of Director Comey demands a clear and compelling explanation. To date, the Administration has provided none.”