ACLU making legal demands for records on Comey’s firing

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request Monday, requesting records on FBI Director James Comey’s dismissal last week.

The ACLU submitted a request to both the Department of Justice and the FBI, asking for the release of all documents pertaining to President Trump’s decision to remove Comey from his post.

The non-profit organization cites inconsistencies and swirling speculations involving the former FBI director’s dismissal and alleges that President Trump may have abused his power.

Hina Shamsi, director of the ACLU National Security Project, said in a statement:

“White House interference with any FBI investigation is incompatible with democratic safeguards, and that’s especially the case when the investigation involves the president or his associates. Political meddling with law enforcement investigations is a recipe for abuse of power.”

Furthermore, the statement insists “the public has a right to know why Comey was fired so the president can be held accountable for any abuse of his position. It’s impossible to know the truth right now because the Trump administration has issued shifting explanations, each of which is increasingly troubling.”

An announcement was also made by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will brief all 100 senators on Comey’s firing on Thursday.

 

At the time of his dismissal, Comey was overseeing an ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election.

Patrick Toomey, Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project issued this statement Monday:

The president’s actions and shifting justifications threaten the rule of law. As both Trump and his deputy press secretary suggested, by firing Mr. Comey, Trump sought to hasten an end to the FBI’s ongoing investigation into his own campaign.

To intervene in such an investigation, or to obstruct its progress, threatens to place the president above the law. It would subvert our system of justice, which requires the FBI and Department of Justice to hold even the most powerful to account. For these reasons, the ACLU has called for the appointment of a special prosecutor and the establishment of a select committee to investigate the Trump campaign’s ties to Russian interference. We have also called for the acting FBI director to permanently lead the Russia investigation. At this stage, this is the best way to ensure the investigation’s independence.

 

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