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Congressman Dan Donovan

Representing the 11th District of New York


Statement from Congressman Dan Donovan on FBI Director James Comey

May 10, 2017
Press Release

“The President has the legal authority to dismiss the FBI Director, as Bill Clinton also did in 1993. The controversy surrounding Director Comey’s comments about Secretary Clinton’s e-mails has caused many to lose confidence in his ability to lead the Bureau. I understand that the timing of the President’s decision raises natural questions about impartiality, and those questions must be answered. As a former prosecutor, I believe that a public servant with unimpeachable credentials and a career of independence – somebody like Ray Kelly – serving as FBI Director is critical to affirming the public’s trust. In the meantime, the FBI should continue its work unimpeded, and the House and Senate Intelligence Committees will continue their investigations. I fully support them.”

-- Congressman Dan Donovan serves on the House Committee on Homeland Security and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. He is New York City’s only Republican representative.