January 12, 2019
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, released the following statement in response to a report in the New York Times that the FBI opened an investigation into whether President Trump may have been working on behalf of Russia against American interests after his firing of former FBI Director James Comey:
“We have learned from this reporting that, even in the earliest days of the Trump Administration, the President’s behavior was so erratic and so concerning that the FBI felt compelled to do the unprecedented—open a counterintelligence investigation into a sitting President and his possible cooptation by a hostile foreign government.
“There is no reason to doubt the seriousness or professionalism of the FBI, as the President did in reaction to this story. Indeed, his go-to complaints—about former Director Comey and Secretary Clinton—do nothing to address the incredibly serious nature of these allegations. In the coming weeks, the Judiciary Committee will take steps to better understand both the President’s actions and the FBI’s response to that behavior, and to make certain that these career investigators are protected from President Trump’s increasingly unhinged attacks.”