Here's what Minnesotans in Congress said about Comey's testimony

The former FBI director's testimony drew attention on Capitol Hill
Author:
Updated:
Original:

Former FBI Director James Comey's testimony to the Senate intelligence committee was the big deal on Capitol Hill Thursday.

Among other things, Comey said he thinks he was fired by President Trump because of the FBI's investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

What did Minnesota's Senators and Representatives have to say about Comey's testimony? Here's a roundup:

Sen. Amy Klobuchar

In a statement, Klobuchar said Comey's testimony made it clear why President Trump had fired him.

"He was fired smack dab in the middle of a major investigation regarding a foreign power’s influence on our election. He was fired because he refused to back down from the investigation and from the oath he took to follow the law."

Klobuchar, who was a law school classmate of Comey's at the University of Chicago, later told CNN she doesn't know the President well, but said she knows Comey and trusts him.

Sen. Al Franken

Minnesota's other senator, also a Democrat, was convinced by Comey's testimony that the president tried to undermine the Russia investigation.

Sen. Al Franken's statement says in part: "President Trump wants the American people and Congress to let this thing go. That's not an option when the integrity of our democracy is at stake."

Franken says Comey's remarks left him encouraged that a special counsel, Robert Mueller, is now handling the Russia investigation.

Rep. Betty McCollum

McCollum said on Facebook she wants assurances that President Trump will not interfere with Mueller's work. She also thinks a special counsel is not enough and called for an independent commission "to fully investigate President Donald Trump, his campaign, and his associates' ties to Russia," saying the American people deserve accountability and transparency.

Rep. Tim Walz

Walz, a Democrat who plans to run for governor in 2018, joined the call for an independent commission.

Walz tweeted a statement that reads in part: "I am deeply alarmed that President Trump seems more concerned about clearing his own name than on preventing future attacks on our democracy. Russia's attack on our electoral process is not a political or partisan issue. It's an American issue."

Rep. Keith Ellison

As far as Ellison is concerned, Comey's testimony revealed actions by the president that amount to obstruction of justice. On Facebook Ellison, a Democrat, said he wants to see Republicans stop defending Trump. Ellison then offered an analogy:

"If Donald Trump was the Mayor of a small town in rural America who asked the police chief to stop investigating a friend of his who was suspected of drunk driving, we probably wouldn’t be having a discussion about whether or not that Mayor was corrupt. Especially if the Mayor fired the police chief afterwards for refusing to drop the investigation."

Five other U.S. Reps. from Minnesota released no statements about Comey's testimony.

What were the other Representatives talking about today?

All three of Minnesota's Republicans in Congress applauded House approval of a bill repealing banking regulations.

Rep. Jason Lewis was among those backing what Republicans call the Financial CHOICE Act. Rep. Erik Paulsen says it will prevent "too big to fail" bailouts of banks like the country saw after the 2008 banking collapse. Rep. Tom Emmer says it will undo regulations that are strangling community banks and credit unions.

Democrat Rick Nolan, who sits on the House transportation committee, questioned Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao about White House proposals to privatize the country's air traffic control system.

Rep. Collin Peterson did not release any statements on his website or social media Thursday.

Next Up

covid-19, coronavirus, PPE

Nov. 29 COVID-19 update: 57 deaths, nearly 9,000 more cases

Nearly 100,000 tests were included in Sunday's report.

jim ramstad

Watch former Rep. Jim Ramstad's memorial service online

The ceremony will be live-streamed for the public on Sunday.

EDL1LeKXsAEeH32

How high can Rashod Bateman go in the 2021 NFL Draft?

The Gophers star receiver has plenty of praise heading into next April.

TCF Bank Stadium

15 more from Gopher football team test positive for COVID-19

That brings the total number of cases from this outbreak to 40.

Teddy Bridgewater

5 questions for Vikings-Panthers Week 12 NFC battle

The Vikings welcome Teddy Bridgewater back to U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday.

police lights

Shelter-in-place in Albert Lea after police officer shot in the chest

The officer was able to drive to an emergency room.

En-KfRaXEAEbuE7

St. Paul officer shoots man who got out of dumpster, ran towards police

A report says the man was naked and had a steak knife.

Screen Shot 2020-11-28 at 6.58.11 PM

Gophers dominate second half to defeat Loyola-Marymount

Marcus Carr scored 26 to send the Gophers to 2-0.

Ambulance hospital emergency

Kandiyohi Co. man airlifted after hand caught in corn picker

Corn pickers are a common cause of farm accidents.

White tail deer

DNR: Passenger shot at deer out of driver's side window

The DNR said 'all sense of safety was disregarded.'

Related

Here's what Minnesotans in D.C. said about the inauguration

Trump "speaks for the forgotten man and woman" ... "I reject Trump's disturbing vision" ... "Ready to find common ground where possible."

Minnesota lawmakers question the timing of Comey's firing

"We are witnessing a Constitutional crisis," said Rep. Keith Ellison.

Video: Former FBI Director James Comey's highly anticipated testimony

James Comey, fired as head of the FBI in May, will speak to the Senate Intelligence Committee.

The FBI's Russia investigation is getting turned over to an independent counsel

The Justice Department named former FBI Director Robert Mueller to handle the investigation.

Donald Trump

Here's what President Trump said on his visit to Bemidji

The president spoke from Bemidji Airport on Friday.

What MN's lawmakers have said about the EPA, Trump's executive order

A look at MInnesota's U.S. senators and representatives, and their comments on the environment.

What Donald Trump said about Minnesota during his rally

The president spoke to a packed house at the Amsoil Arena in Duluth.