Vulnerable second-term Congresswoman, Barbara Comstock released a statement just after midnight to her constituents today, saying she “can’t explain or defend the timing or the firing” of FBI Director James Comey by the Trump administration. She went on to say that “there must be an independent investigation that the American people can trust.”
However, she stopped short of saying exactly what that investigation would look like, and whether or not she thinks the Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation would suffice
Nevertheless, she was lumped in by The Hill with another Republican Rep., Justin Amash (Mich.), who is also viewed as vulnerable in mid-term elections. Mr. Amash was much more direct in his statement, asserting, “My staff and I are reviewing legislation to establish an independent commission on Russia,” and calling Trump’s firing of Comey, “Bizarre.”
It’s not just her words that are lacking – it’s also her lack of action. Comstock has consistently voted against all Resolutions in the House that have called for Trump to release his tax returns. Those who follow Ms. Comstock’s weak legislative record and compare them to her released statements have little hope that she would be involved in the leadership to establish an independent investigation.
For example, there are 198 co-sponsors of House Resolution 356, introduced by Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA), entitled, the “Protecting Our Democracy Act,” which purports to “[establish] in the legislative branch the National Commission on Foreign Interference in the 2016 Election to examine any attempts or activities by the Russian government or other governments, persons or entities associated with such governments, or persons or entities within Russia to use electronic means to influence, interfere with, or sow distrust in elections for public office held in the United States in 2016.
Out of all the near 200 co-sponsors of this bill, not a single member is named “Barbara Comstock.”
Ms. Comstock’s statement can best be described as “mild,” in this situation, compared to many other Republicans who offered up more candid descriptions of the hole the Trump administration has dug for itself this time:
“To move beyond this in a way that gives the American people faith and Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate faith in future efforts is going to be a really tough and narrow path for them to follow.” –Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.)
“An interruption in any of the access we have to the documents or the personnel would be harmful to our investigation.” -Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.)
With her mild words and her non-existent actions, it is clear that yet another opportunity for Comstock to help her district (and the entire country) are passing by. Once again, constituents are left wondering why Barbara Comstock can’t step up to the plate and show real leadership during these troubled times.