Durbin Demands Info On Comey Firing, Status Of Russia Investigation

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., listens to a reporter's question before a Democratic policy luncheon, on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, April 25, 2017 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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Soon after learning that President Donald Trump had fired FBI Director James Comey, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) took to the Senate floor to voice concerns that the investigation Comey was leading into the Trump campaign’s alleged coordination with the Russian government during the 2016 election will end with his dismissal.

“The termination and removal of James Comey as the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation raises the critical question as to whether the FBI investigation into the Russian interference in the last presidential campaign will continue, and whether the investigation into any collusion or involvement  by the Trump campaign will also be investigated by the FBI,” he said. “Any attempt to stop or undermine this FBI investigation would raise grave constitutional issues. We await clarification by the White House as soon as possible as to whether this investigation will continue and whether it will have a credible lead, so we know it will have a just outcome.”



Alice Ollstein is a reporter at Talking Points Memo, covering national politics. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been reporting in DC ever since, covering the Supreme Court, Congress and national elections for TV, radio, print, and online outlets. Her work has aired on Free Speech Radio News, All Things Considered, Channel News Asia, and Telesur, and her writing has been published by The Atlantic, La Opinión, and The Hill Rag. She was elected in 2016 as an at-large board member of the DC Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Alice grew up in Santa Monica, California and began working for local newspapers in her early teens.