Congressman Keith Ellison

Representing the 5th District of Minnesota

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Rep. Ellison Statement on Former FBI Director Comey’s Senate Testimony

Jun 8, 2017
Press Release

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) released the following statement after former FBI Director James Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee:

“Former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony today revealed several things: First, that President Trump demanded Comey’s loyalty and tried to get him to beg for his job. Second, that President Trump asked Comey to end the investigation into Michael Flynn in order to cover up his campaign’s collusion with Russia. And third, that the President, his campaign, and the Administration repeatedly lied to the American people. 
 
“This is obstruction of justice. 
 
“Republicans must now stop tying themselves in knots to defend the President. If Donald Trump was the Mayor of a small town in rural America who asked the police chief to stop investigating a friend of his who was suspected of drunk driving, we probably wouldn’t be having a discussion about whether or not that Mayor was corrupt. Especially if the Mayor fired the police chief afterwards for refusing to drop the investigation. It’s time for Republicans to put country before party.”