SAN MATEO, CA – Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14), Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and Ranking Member on the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel, issued the following statement in response to President Trump firing FBI Director James Comey.

“The President’s firing of FBI Director James Comey is akin to Nixon’s Saturday Night Massacre during the Watergate scandal, and shows that the President is willing to go to any length to hold himself above the law. If Mr. Comey did indeed uncover information of the President’s Russian entanglements, firing him gives the appearance of an enormous cover-up. The Administration and the Attorney General’s pretense that this is about the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails is a laughable fig leaf, particularly since AG Sessions himself had to recuse himself from the Russia investigation. Additionally, all this comes after the Administration attempted to interfere in the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence’s investigation into the extent to which the President and his subordinates colluded with Russia. Comey’s dismissal is a blatant abuse of power and a conflict of interest for the President, his senior staff, and for the Attorney General, and it proves that now, more than ever, we need robust congressional oversight and a special prosecutor to conduct this investigation.”