Lipinski: Firing of FBI Director Troubling; Investigations Must Get to Bottom of Russian Interference in 2016 Election and Possible Trump Campaign Involvement

Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) issued the following statement today:

“As I said at my Town Hall Meeting tonight, President Trump’s firing of FBI Director Comey is very troubling.  It is now even more important that we do everything possible to learn about Russian interference in the 2016 election, possible collusion with the Trump campaign, and the actions and communications of former national security advisor Mike Flynn.  In March we learned that the FBI is investigating members of the Trump campaign for improper dealings with Russian intelligence authorities during the election.  We must make sure that Director Comey’s firing was in no way a consequence of this investigation, and that his departure does not interfere with this investigation. 

“In March, I called for an independent commission to look into Russian interference in the 2016 election.  Today I reiterate my plea for such a bipartisan investigative commission.  This is not about re-litigating the election; this is about protecting our republic going forward.  We must make sure that we do everything we can to help ensure confidence in our elections and to find out whether anyone in the Trump campaign was involved in colluding with Russia.  This should not be about politics, it should be about making sure our nation is secure, and about protecting and strengthening our democratic institutions.”