1. Update

Comey Firing Raises Concerns

By Jim Cason, Amelia Kegan, May 10, 2017


Both Republicans and Democrats are questioning President Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey on May 9.

Although the stated reason for Director Comey’s dismissal is policy violations that occurred last year, the FBI is actively investigating Russian interference in the U.S. elections that could have benefitted the president. These circumstances create the appearance of a conflict of interest.

FCNL supports the independent, transparent functioning of law enforcement as a critical part of our government. According to FCNL’s Statement of Legislative Policy: “We hold our government institutions and officials to rigorous ethical standards of fairness, honesty, openness, and avoidance of even the appearance of conflicts of interest.”

Unlike many presidential appointees, the FBI director holds a 10-year term to avoid even the appearance that political considerations factor into their appointment. The FBI director should not be removed without a strong, substantive, publicly disclosed reason. Director Comey’s dismissal does not seem to meet this standard.

Jim Cason

  • Associate Executive Secretary for Strategic Advocacy, Legislative Director for Foreign Policy

Jim Cason is responsible for directing the full range of FCNL’s strategic advocacy work. In this capacity, he works with program staff to develop long term change strategies that accomplish our particular legislative goals. He also leads the lobbying of the foreign policy team.

Amelia Kegan

  • Legislative Director, Domestic Policy

Amelia Kegan leads the domestic policy team's work in analyzing legislation, advocating on Capitol Hill, and developing legislative strategy. Prior to coming to FCNL, Amelia worked at a variety of other national non-profits in D.C. and Chicago, focusing on federal budget, tax, and low-income policy.