Press Releases

Rep. Ratcliffe Statement on the Dismissal of FBI Director James Comey

Washington, DC, May 10, 2017

Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) released the following statement in response to the dismissal of FBI Director James Comey: 

“I had the opportunity to work together with Director Comey during my time as a U.S. Attorney in the Bush administration, and again in my oversight role for the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a Member of Congress. I have great respect for his distinguished career of public service and would like to thank him for his dedication to the American system of justice.

“Unfortunately, the events of the past year have eroded the public's confidence in Director Comey's ability to lead the FBI – and because the American people must have absolute faith and trust in our top federal agencies to fairly investigate and prosecute violations of the law, I support a change in leadership at the FBI. I look forward to working with the Trump administration to find a qualified, worthy successor to fulfill the important duty of leading the nation's premier law enforcement agency.”

Ratcliffe publicly advocated Wednesday for Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) to fill Comey’s spot as the next FBI director.

In a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee last year, Ratcliffe questioned Comey on his unprecedented decision to reveal the FBI’s recommendation not to prosecute Hillary Clinton.

Before coming to Congress, Ratcliffe served as a federal prosecutor in the Department of Justice while Comey was the Deputy Attorney General.