Dismayed by the frequent, troubling reports of potential interference by the Trump Administration in the investigation into Russian meddling, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) says an independent investigation is an absolute necessity to protect democracy in the United States.
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Higgins made the following remarks the Floor of the House of Representatives:
“Mr. Speaker: Last night we learned that President Trump may have tried to interfere with an ongoing investigation asking the FBI Director to end an investigation into former National Security Advisor ties to Russia.
“The Justice Department today should appoint an independent prosecutor to aggressively pursue the truth. There are a lot of informational dots, they either connect or they don’t.
“There is no dispute that Russia interfered with the United States presidential election. The question is: did Russia interfere with the presidential election in coordination with the Trump campaign?
“It is deeply troubling that the Attorney General recused himself with a self-declared conflict from the Russia investigation and then played a role in firing the man leading it.
“The American people rightfully suspect the decision to fire the FBI Director is part of a cover-up. Appoint a special prosecutor to pursue the truth. Despots all over the world, like Putin, want to discredit American democracy to keep their own people from wanting it.
“We as Americans, Republicans and Democrats all, cannot allow this from happening, ever.”
Higgins is one of 199 members supporting H.R.356, the Protecting Our Democracy Act, which calls for an outside, independent commission to investigate Russian ties to the Administration & election interference. After the firing of FBI Director James Comey earlier this month Higgins continued to raise concerns that the suspicious dismissal raises “very serious questions about this Administration’s respect for the rule of law and further underscores the critical need for a full and formal independent investigation into Russian interference.”
The New York Times reported on May 16, 2017 that former F.B.I. Director Comey wrote a memo shortly after a February meeting in the Oval Office indicating the President encouraged the FBI director to “let this go” in reference to the federal investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.