February 24, 2017

Wyden: Claims by White House Chief of Staff Require More Transparency from FBI

Washington, D.C. – Following recent claims made by White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today demanded more transparency from Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey about any investigations into Trump associates’ ties to Russia.

“Politicized assertions by White House Chief of Staff Priebus about what may or may not be the findings of an FBI investigation are exactly the wrong way for the public to hear about an issue that is of grave consequence to our democracy.  The American people deserve real transparency, which means Director Comey needs to come forward, in an open hearing, and answer questions,” Wyden said.

“If, as Priebus claimed, the FBI not only discussed this issue with the White House but coordinated the White House's public statements, the American people would also have reason to doubt the impartiality both of the Bureau and the Department of Justice to which the FBI is responsible. These claims deserve further investigation.”