Congressman Steve Cohen

Representing the 9th District of Tennessee

Congressman Cohen Commends FBI Case Work in West Tennessee

December 7, 2017
Press Release
Praises agency for seeking justice in the Mickey Wright hate crime case

WASHINGTONAt a Judiciary Committee oversight hearing with FBI Director Christopher Wray on Thursday, Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) praised the work of the FBI in West Tennessee criminal investigations, including the case involving Shelby County Code Enforcement Inspector Mickey Wright, whose racially motivated murder was taken up by the FBI and Justice Department as a federal hate crime after an inadequate state prosecution. Wright’s murderer, Cohen noted, is serving a life sentence in a federal prison. See the Congressman’s remarks here.

“The FBI has done a great job,” Cohen said. See the Congressman’s 2011 statement on the Wright case’s prosecution here.

Cohen also said he disagreed with President Trump’s recent tweet that the FBI is “in tatters,” and asked Wray about the reputation of former FBI Director James Comey, who was fired while investigating possible collusion between Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia, as well as the reputation of former FBI Director Robert Mueller, now pursuing that matter as special counsel. Director Wray praised both men’s professionalism.