Southeast Texas Congressmen weigh in on FBI director's firing
The Congressmen representing Southeast Texas say fired FBI Director James Comey "lost the confidence" of many members of Congress and that the agency's integrity and credibility was damaged under Comey's leadership.
Here's the full statement from Congressman Randy Weber (R-Friendswood):
"Mr. Comey lost the confidence of many members of Congress, the Justice Department, and the president. The president acted within his jurisdiction in choosing to fire the director of the FBI. There are ongoing investigations in both the House and Senate, and I am fully confident in my colleagues' ability to conduct their investigations accurately and fairly."
U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX) had this to say:
“Over the past year, the integrity and credibility of the FBI has been severely damaged under the leadership of Director Comey and his mishandling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server. This has been a criticism universally shared by members of both parties, including the Senate’s top Democrat, Chuck Schumer, who stated that he had lost confidence in Director Comey.
“After reading the recommendation for dismissal laid forth by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein – who also served as a U.S. attorney under the Obama Administration – it was clear to me that Director Comey needed to go as he had lost confidence and respect from the men and women he was entrusted to lead and serve.”
But despite assertions from the White House, Weber and Babin that the rank and file of the FBI agreed with the dismissal of Comey, acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe said Thursday at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing that "I can confidently tell you that the majority, the vast majority of employees enjoyed a deep and positive connection to Director Comey."