Top House Oversight Dem Calls For Emergency Hearings On Comey Firing

Ranking member Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) listens on. Members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform met to consider a censure or IRS Commissioner John Koskinen on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)
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Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), who serves as the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, called for emergency hearings on President Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey and said that it was “mindboggling” that Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who vowed to recuse himself from investigations involving the Trump campaign, played a role in the decision to terminate Comey.

“There is now a crisis of confidence at the Justice Department, and President Trump is not being held accountable because House Republicans refuse to work with us to do our job,”Cummings said in a statement. “Congress must restore credibility, accountability, and transparency to this investigation and finally pass legislation to create a truly independent commission.”

Read the full Cummings statement below:

“Congress needs to have immediate emergency hearings to obtain testimony directly from Attorney General Sessions, the deputy attorney general, and FBI Director Comey. The White House was already covering up for Michael Flynn by refusing to provide a single document to Congress, and now the President fired the one independent person who was doing the most to investigate President Trump and his campaign over allegations of coordination with Russia. It is mindboggling that the Attorney General – who claimed to have recused himself – was directly involved in the decision to fire Director Comey according to the White House itself. There is now a crisis of confidence at the Justice Department, and President Trump is not being held accountable because House Republicans refuse to work with us to do our job.   Congress must restore credibility, accountability, and transparency to this investigation and finally pass legislation to create a truly independent commission.”

 

 

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