Congressman Steve Cohen

Representing the 9th District of Tennessee

Constitution and Civil Justice Ranking Member Cohen’s Statement on Former FBI Director James Comey’s Written Testimony

June 7, 2017
Press Release

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, today released the following statement on former FBI Director James Comey’s written testimony to be delivered tomorrow morning to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence:

“I was disturbed after reading former FBI Director James Comey’s written testimony about his interactions with President Donald Trump. Based on Comey’s account, it appears that the President attempted to intimidate the FBI Director and influence the investigation of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, which is part of the larger investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, including any connection between the Trump campaign and the Russians. The President’s engagement with then-FBI Director James Comey nine times in one-on-one conversations coupled with his reported efforts to personally engage with Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and CIA Director Mike Pompeo to put an end to the Flynn investigation contribute to an attempt by President Trump to obstruct justice. Our democracy, our constitution and our standing as leader of the free world are at risk.”