Criticizing President Trump for Firing FBI Director James Comey
This week, I criticized President Trump for firing FBI Director James Comey, remembered my friend Irvin Salky, participated in a WLOK Radio town hall, visited the Martin Luther King, Jr. College Prep School, met with Memphis Baptist Ministers, and went on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Peabody Hotel. Keep reading to learn more about my week and follow me on Twitter and Facebook to see more updates as they happen.
Criticizing President Trump for Firing FBI Director James Comey
Remembering My Friend Irvin Salky
Participating in a WLOK Radio Town Hall
Visiting the Martin Luther King, Jr. College Prep School
Meeting with Memphis Baptist Ministers
Touring the Peabody Hotel
Bringing Congress to Your Corner
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Quote of the Week
Weekly Health Tip
On Tuesday, President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. I have said to my colleagues and to the public for over four months that Director Comey would do the right thing in the Trump-Russia investigation. I also believed President Trump would not fire him unless he felt that Director Comey threatened his presidency. This is sadly reminiscent of the Saturday Night Massacre when President Nixon fired Justice Department officials that threatened his presidency. Last weekend, I tweeted that I hoped Director Comey would be next year’s recipient of the Profiles in Courage Award because of the Trump-Russia investigation, but President Trump has effectively vetoed that award. Speaker Ryan should immediately appoint a bipartisan, non-classified, public, transparent and independent commission to investigate the Trump-Russia relationship. Our democracy is in danger. I was on PoliticKING with Larry King on Thursday night to discuss this issue. Watch my interview here.
Irvin Salky died last night. Irvin was a great friend of mine for over 45 years and a mentor to me and many, many others. He was like a brother to me. Irvin had a strong sense of justice and fairness. He was an early and continual political advisor to me and there is no one whose judgement I valued more. Beanie Self, his soul mate, stayed with him constantly over the past 4 weeks after he suffered from a stroke. Her care was the closest to Florence Nightingale I have ever witnessed.
Irvin embodied law, civil rights, music, jazz, sports, cool hats, sartorial style, classic aged cars and Midtown. He was a Navy veteran, a Vanderbilt Law School graduate and a Memphis State graduate. Irvin was the guardian and manager of Phineas Newborn, Jr., Jerry Lee Lewis, and Memphis Slim among others. Irvin was the founder of the Beale Street Music Festival, and he was a superb lawyer for so many. Irvin served as a bridge between the black and white communities in Memphis and he was well respected in both. Irvin could go anywhere and be accepted. He stayed in Memphis to work at Ratner, Sugarmon & Lucas, the first integrated law firm in the city. He loved Memphis, his partners at Russell Sugarmon’s law firm, and everyone with whom he came in contact. Memphis has never known a more friendly or kind person than Irvin Salky. He will be greatly missed.
On Thursday, I participated in a radio town hall meeting on WLOK’s call-in show “Race in America.” I would like to thank host Twana Coleman and WLOK President Art Gilliam for having me on the show. I appreciated taking calls from listeners and discussing a variety of topics such as health care, President Trump’s sudden firing of FBI Director James Comey and the Trump-Russia investigation.
On Monday, I spoke with students from and toured the campus of Martin Luther King, Jr. College Prep School. I would like to thank Executive Director Bobby White and Principal Kimberly Hopkins-Clark for inviting me to visit the school and meet with the students.
On Tuesday, I met with the Memphis Baptist Ministerial Association. I discussed with the ministers the issues of health care and gerrymandering, or the process of redrawing Congressional districts to favor a political party. I introduced the John Tanner Fairness and Independence in Redistricting Act earlier this year to require Congressional districts to be redrawn by an independent, non-partisan commission established in a state to ensure a fairer Congressional map.
On Thursday, I went on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Peabody Hotel. It was a pleasure to have the opportunity to meet many of the hardworking individuals who maintain the character and traditions of such a historic landmark.
On Friday, May 26 from 11am-1pm at the Gaston Community Center (1040 South Third Street), my staff will hold “Congress on Your Corner” office hours to assist Memphians with questions or problems with federal agencies such as Social Security, Medicare, FHA, the VA and more. Please mark the date on your calendar. For more information about Congress on Your Corner, visit my website at https://cohen.house.gov.
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In light of this week’s Tuesday Night Massacre, this week’s quote comes from President Richard Nixon on his decision to resign as President of the United States:
“America needs a full-time president and a full-time Congress, particularly at this time with the problems we face at home and abroad” – President Richard Nixon
Each week, I share a health tip in the hopes of promoting a healthy lifestyle for residents of the Ninth Congressional District. As always, it is best to check with your doctor before making any changes to your diet, exercise routine or lifestyle.
May is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month. Summer is just around the corner and skin protection from the sun is vitally important. As families begin making plans to travel to the beach or hit the pool, it is important to know ways to keep you and your family safe from the sun. Click here to learn more.
As always, I remain.
Member of Congress