Langevin Statement on FBI’s Investigation into Trump’s Ties with Russia

Mar 20, 2017 Issues: Cybersecurity

Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) issued the following statement regarding the testimony of FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Admiral Michael Rodgers regarding President Trump’s baseless claims of wiretapping and the investigation of President Trump’s ties to Russia:

“It is not the least bit surprising that FBI Director Comey today verified what we knew already to be true: that President Trump’s wiretapping claims surrounding Trump Tower are utterly without merit. As such, President Trump should issue an apology to President Obama for misleading the public and impugning the former President.

“I was also pleased that, in his testimony before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Director Comey confirmed an ongoing investigation of the Trump campaign into any possible collusion with Russia throughout the course of the 2016 presidential election. While the FBI does not typically confirm such investigations, it may choose to do so in exceptional circumstances of great public interest. This is indeed one of those circumstances.

“However, that it took so long to reveal these two simple facts underscores the need for an independent commission to look into these circumstances and a unified Congressional investigation to do the same. I have said time and time again that the American people deserve a full accounting of the President’s disturbing relationship with the Kremlin. Understanding the influence operation on our elections is also vital if we are to mitigate future attempts to undermine our elections and assist our allies, whose elections Admiral Rogers indicated are already under assault.”