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Boyle Again Calls for Special Prosecutor and Independent Commission in Wake of Comey Firing

May 10, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC– Today, Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-13), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement after the firing of FBI Director James Comey, reiterating his call for a special prosecutor and independent commission to investigate the Trump Administration's ties to Russia and Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election:

"The stunning firing of FBI Director Comey demonstrates yet again why we must have a special prosecutor looking into the connections between Trump and Russian officials and Russia's meddling in our election on his behalf, just like we had for Watergate.  The timing of the firing, just as Comey sought more funding for his investigation into Trump's Russia ties and one day before Trump met with Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov in the Oval Office, and the letter used as justification raise more questions than answers.  Hardly three months in office and Trump has now fired the three law enforcement officials who were looking into his Administration's shady dealings.  I am again calling for a Special Prosecutor and formal independent investigation.  This is a matter of country, not politics.  This is about the integrity and impartiality of our democracy."

Boyle has long been calling for a special prosecutor and independent commission on Trump's ties to Russia and Russian interference in the 2016 election.  He also cosponsors H.R. 356, the Protecting Our Democracy Act, to create a bipartisan, independent commission to investigate foreign interference, specifically by Russia, in the 2016 U.S. elections and H. Res. 184, a resolution of inquiry directing the President and Attorney General to transmit to the House of Representatives within 14 days after adoption of this resolution copies of any document or other communication in their possession that refers or relates to the application of provisions regarding grounds for appointing a special counsel to any case involving the 2016 presidential election or any related matter.