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Rep. Tonko Calls For Independent Investigation Of President

Although he says it's too early to know if Congress should consider impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, New York Congressman Paul Tonko, a Democrat from the 20th district, says he is joining the call for an independent investigation into the White House's firing of FBI Director James Comey and President Trump's disclosure of intelligence to emissaries from Russia. The New York Times reportedthat before firing Comey, the president had asked him to halt an investigation into embattled then-national security adviser Michael Flynn."The fundamental responsibility here is to protect the Constitution," Tonko said by phone Wednesday, "and to embrace our responsibilities for oversight."

A lifelong resident of the Capital Region, Ian joined WAMC in late 2008 and became news director in 2013. He began working on Morning Edition and has produced The Capitol Connection, Congressional Corner, and several other WAMC programs. Ian can also be heard as the host of the WAMC News Podcast and on The Roundtable and various newscasts. Ian holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA in English, both from the University at Albany, where he has taught journalism since 2013.
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