Trump fires FBI Director James Comey

It’s about time.

 

If anyone should have been completely behind firing Comey it would have been Hillary Clinton.

As then nation pulled into the final stretch of the elections las year Comey announced that he was once again opening the investigation into Mrs. Clinton only to announce one week later that the investigation was officially closed.

Media reporters seem particularly caught off guard, but then again,, when again aren’t they when it comes to reporting hard news.

 

 

 

May 9, 2017

President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey Tuesday, the White House said, moving to oust the man leading an investigation into his campaign operatives’ ties to Russia.

Mr. Trump insisted he’s not part of the probe, but said he felt compelled to fire the director anyway.

“While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the Bureau,” Mr. Trump said in a letter to Mr. Comey, posted on media websites.

 

The president said a new director is needed who “restores public trust and confidence” in the agency.

 

 

He said he was following the advice of his attorney general and deputy attorney general. The White House said the search for a replacement will begin immediately.

Democrats said the firing raises troubling questions about the current investigation into Russia and demanded Mr. Trump take steps to make sure the probe continues without interference. The firing is likely to intensify calls for an independent prosecutor to take over.

“This is Nixonian,” said Sen. Bob Casey, Pennsylvania Democrat.

He called for Mr. Rosenstein to immediately appoint a special counsel to investigate ties between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin’s meddling in the presidential race, which is a longstanding demand of Democrats.

“This investigation must be independent and thorough in order to uphold our nation’s system of justice,” said Mr. Casey.

 

See the entire article below.

 

 

Mr. Comey became a major figure in last year’s election, first pursuing an investigation into Mr. Trump’s Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, then clearing her of criminal wrongdoing over the summer. He inserted himself into the final weeks by reopening — then quickly clearing — the investigation again.

More recently, he confirmed the FBI is investigating Trump campaign associates for possible illegal links to Russia.

Mr. Comey had served as deputy attorney general under President George W. Bush, then was appointed FBI director by President Obama. His term was slated to last through 2023.

His term was slated to last through 2023.

He’s had an unusual relationship with Mr. Trump, blaming him during the campaign for letting Mrs. Clinton off lightly, then praising him in the days after the inauguration in January.

Mr. Comey at the time said Mr. Trump had asked him to stay on as director, and he agreed.

In letters Tuesday both Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said Mr. Comey had lost their backing.

“I cannot defend the director’s handling of the conclusion of the investigation of Secretary Clinton’s emails, and I do not understand his refusal to accept the nearly universal judgment that he was mistaken,” Mr. Rosenstein wrote in a memo to Mr. Sessions.

The attorney general wrote in a memo dated Tuesday that he had concluded that “a fresh start” was needed in order for the DOJ to “reaffirm its commitment to longstanding principles that ensure the integrity and fairness of federal investigations and prosecutions.”

The White House, meanwhile, provided reporters with a document pointing to Democrats’ own complaints with Mr. Comey.

Most recently, Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, said he thought Mr. Comey treated Mrs. Clinton badly during the campaign by talking publicly about his investigation into her email account, but shielding from the public his investigation into Mr. Trump’s campaign associated.

In testimony last week Mr. Comey defended his handling of the situation, saying he faced only bad options and felt “mildly nauseous” over what he had to do, but “even in hindsight, and this has been one of the world’s most painful experiences, I would make the same decision.”

The president said a new director is needed who “restores public trust and confidence” in the agency.

He said he was following the advice of his attorney general and deputy attorney general.

The White House said the search for a replacement will begin immediately.

Democrats said the firing raises troubling questions about the current investigation into Russia and demanded Mr. Trump take steps to make sure the probe continues without interference. The firing is likely to intensify calls for an independent prosecutor to take over.

• S.A. Miller contributed to this report.

 

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3 thoughts on “Trump fires FBI Director James Comey

  1. About high time!!! Good ridiance . The snowflakes are crying…boo hoo.😉

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  2. LONG OVERDUE! DRAIN MORE SWAMP!

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  3. TREY GOWDY ARE YOU READY????

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