Statement of Congressman Danny K. Davis on the Firing of FBI Director James Comey
May 11, 2017
I am here this morning with my colleagues from the Illinois delegation U.S. Representatives Bobby Rush, Mike Quigley, Jan Schakowsky and Brad Schneider in response to the firing of FBI Director James Comey by President Trump and to reiterate my demand for an independent commission to investigate the possible collusion of President Trump and/or his campaign with Russian interference in our elections.
Should we fail to garner sufficient votes in the Congress for an independent commission which seems likely at the present time I join my colleagues in the Congress and with others who are standing for justice such as the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Defense Fund, Inc., the American Civil Liberties Union, the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and the Brennan Center for Justice and restate my demand for the appointment of a special prosecutor to pursue the investigation without interference from the White House.
From the first days of his campaign this President has demonstrated his contempt for our democracy. He flaunted our electoral system with his public calls for Russian hackers to attack his opponents.
He brazenly flouted his history of sexually abusing women and attacked the women who confronted him for molesting them. He denounced judges as unqualified to judge him when they dared to rule against his schemes and his actions.
He collectively condemned, with no proof, an entire religion as terror suspects despite our fundamental law which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, sex, nationality, religion, place of birth, or place of residence.
He claimed, with no proof, that millions who voted for Hillary Clinton were “illegal” and unqualified to vote and now pursues a vendetta against them and with his Attorney General has initiated an vicious attack on voting rights.
He claimed, with no proof, that President Obama had wiretapped him and demanded an investigation of President Obama and his administration.
He attacked and continues to attack on a daily basis our free press and claimed the right to proclaim “alternative facts” as truth. When there are facts, backed up with science, such as climate change, his administration simply deletes them from government websites.
He claims the right to decide who could investigate him or his campaign or his administration and fired a U.S. Attorney and now the Director of the FBI when he perceived them as a threat.
The business tactics and strategy, and now the governing tactics and strategy, of President Donald J. Trump are those he learned from his lawyer and mentor Roy Cohn, notorious chief counsel to the infamous Senator Joseph McCarthy, which the President has continued to refine over the years.
Given this record, how then can we have faith in an independent prosecutor appointed by the Trump administration?
Only one way: the American people must be watching and demanding justice. Watching each step of the way and demanding transparency in pursuit of justice. Americans have been speaking out by the millions, demanding accountability in the mass media, in social media, in the streets and in meetings and communications with their elected officials. I am convinced that is the best, and perhaps the only, way we have to ensure that this investigation can find and reveal the truth, that it will find and reveal the truth, by following the evidence wherever it takes us.