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Congressman Taylor Statement on Dismissal of FBI Director James Comey

May 10, 2017
Press Release
Contact: Scott Weldon (202) 225-4215

It is certainly the case that a President needs to have confidence in, and has the legal authority to remove, the FBI Director as they serve at the pleasure of the President. Having said that, I am troubled by the timing of the Director's dismissal. Director Comey made missteps, but if they were significant enough for his dismissal, it should have happened months ago. Democrats should avoid further politicizing this firing as they were calling for Comey's dismissal as well and there has been zero evidence of collusion with Russia. My concern lies with the trust of the American people and the ability to have an objective analysis on Russian involvement in our election and impartial oversight over ongoing investigations.  There is now a need to regain not just the President's confidence in senior leadership at the FBI, but the public's confidence in the process as well. The President has a duty to put forth an independent and non-political leader at the FBI to achieve the aforementioned goals. Anything less is unacceptable and may be cause for a select committee or special prosecutor.