LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa. - Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) released the following statement regarding yesterday’s firing of FBI Director James Comey:

“Director Comey always struck me as a decent and honorable man who was put in an extremely difficult situation.  His firing by President Trump is both confounding and troubling, and it is now harder to resist calls for an independent investigation or select committee.  The President must provide a much clearer explanation as to the timing and rationale for this action.  Additionally, more information is needed about how the Director’s firing will impact the investigations by the FBI and both branches of Congress.”

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