Both were put in position by Obama and served at his pleasure, Comey finally received the boot for failing to come forward with the truth.
Predictably, Chuck Schumer, U.S. Senator from N.Y. grabs the microphone and the media making accusations he is incapable of substantiating.
By Tuesday evening, the shock that had spread throughout the ranks of current and former FBI officials was mixed with a growing sense of anger among the many Comey loyalists, and demands for answers as to why the director had been fired, and why now?
James Comey was one of the Albatrosses and land mines Obama had left for President Trump. Former FBI Director Comey appears to have become unstable in his position, as he began to usurp more and more power for himself; even to the point of making decisions for Obama AG.
Former FBI Director Comey appears to have become unstable in his position, as he began to usurp more and more power for himself; even to the point of making decisions for Obama AG Loretta Lynch.
Most recently, he seemed to be attempting to even commandeer the power of the United States presidency.
President Trump promised to drain the D.C. swamp and one of its chief creatures has now been given his walking papers.
Members of the Democrat Party who had previously indicated, both before and after the November 2016 election, that they would like to tar and feather Comey and ride him out of town on a rail, are now beside themselves (a dangerous place for anyone to be) with rage that he was fired for his misdeeds by President Trump.
Any sensible human might ask “Why?”
Comey had divulged that the discovered emails of the Democrat Party’s (then) patron Saint Hillary had committed acts that would be criminal for anyone but a leftist Democrat…and/or any Clinton.
However, he had done it in a way – Comey’s now infamous ‘Hillary’s-guilty-but-I’m-letting-her-go-free’ speech to the nation, that flew in the face of FBI protocol and, likely, the law of the land.
Listening to Senator Schumer (the Dem Party’s titular head) at the time of Hillary’s Emailgate, one would have thought it should have been Comey, not Hillary, who was to blame for Hillary’s sending classified information hither and yon.
So…why is this same Schumer, who had actually and previously called for Comey’s firing, now speaking of Comey as if he’s a fallen hero for the Luciferian Left’s cause?
To We-the-People who have never chosen to live under rocks – the answer is obvious.
It was Comey had divulged that the discovered emails of the Democrat Party’s (then) patron Saint Hillary had committed acts that would be criminal for anyone but a leftist Democrat…and/or any Clinton. (Source)
FACT: Presidential appointees serve at the pleasure of the president, then he can fire them for . . . almost anything, really.
There need not be wrongdoing or a failure to perform official duties: It may simply be that the president prefers the services of someone else. (Source)
It could just as easily been over the fact that he failed to produce evidence that the D.N.C. was hacked. (Source)
We just have no idea why this happened.
No idea,” said one recently retired top FBI official who worked closely with Comey on many high-profile investigations.
“No one knew this was coming.
Everyone is just shocked that this happened.”
I very inconvenient fact: Bill Clinton, shortly after his election in 1993 fired Republican Jeff Sessions. (Source)
President Donald Trump weighed firing his FBI director for more than a week.
When he finally pulled the trigger Tuesday afternoon, he didn’t call James Comey.
He sent his longtime private security guard to deliver the termination letter in a manila folder to FBI headquarters.
He had grown enraged by the Russia investigation, two advisers said, frustrated by his inability to control the mushrooming narrative around Russia.
He repeatedly asked aides why the Russia investigation wouldn’t disappear and demanded they speak out for him.
The news stunned Comey, who saw news of his dismissal on TV while speaking inside the FBI office in Los Angeles.
It startled all but the uppermost ring of White House advisers, who said grumbling about Comey hadn’t dominated their own morning senior staff meetings.
Other top officials learned just before it happened and were unaware Trump was considering firing Comey.
“Nobody really knew,” one senior White House official said. “Our phones all buzzed and people said, ‘What?'”
By ousting the FBI director investigating his campaign and associates, Trump may have added more fuel to the fire he is furiously trying to contain, and he was quickly criticized by a chorus of Republicans and Democrats.
“The timing of this firing was very troubling,” said Sen. Ben Sasse, a Nebraska Republican.
Trump had grown angry with the Russia investigation — particularly Comey admitting in front of the Senate that the FBI was investigating his campaign and that the FBI director wouldn’t support his claims that President Barack Obama had tapped his phones in Trump Tower.
Bipartisan criticism of Comey had mounted since last summer after the director delivered a lengthy statement outlining why no charges would be brought against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server.
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But the fallout seemed to take the White House by surprise.
Trump made a round of calls around 5 p.m., asking for support from senators. White House officials believed it would be a “win-win” because Republicans and Democrats alike have problems with the FBI director, one person briefed on their deliberations said.
Instead, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told him he was making a big mistake, and Trump seemed “taken aback,” according to a person familiar with the call.
By Tuesday evening, the president was watching the coverage of his decision and frustrated no one was on TV defending him, a White House official said. He wanted surrogates out there beating the drum.
Instead, advisers were attacking one another for not realizing the gravity of the situation as events blew up. “How are you not defending your position for three solid hours on TV?” the White House aide asked.
Two White House officials said there was little communications strategy in handling the firing, and that staffers were given talking points late Tuesday for hastily arranged media appearances. Aides soon circulated previous quotes from Schumer hitting Comey. After Schumer called for a special prosecutor, the White House huddled in press secretary Sean Spicer’s office to devise a strategy and sent “fresh faces” to TV, one White House official said.
By Tuesday night, aides were using TV appearances to spin the firing as a simple bureaucratic matter and call for an end to the investigation. “It’s time to move on,” Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the deputy press secretary, said on Fox News.
In his letter dismissing Comey, Trump said the FBI director had given him three private assurances that he wasn’t under investigation. The White House declined to say when those conversations happened — or why Comey would volunteer such information. It is not the first time Trump has publicly commented on an ongoing investigation — typically a no-no for presidents. He said earlier this month that Comey had done Clinton a favor by letting her off easy.
Trump received letters from Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, and Jeff Sessions, the attorney general, calling for Comey’s dismissal, on Tuesday, a spokesman said. The president then decided to fire the FBI director based on the recommendations and moved quickly. The spokesman said Trump did not ask for the letters in advance, and that White House officials had no idea they were coming.
But several other people familiar with the events said Trump had talked about the firing for more than a week, and the letters were written to give him rationale to fire Comey.
The decision marked a turnabout for Trump. On the campaign trail, the candidate led chants of “Lock her up!” and praised Comey’s “guts” in October for reopening the probe into her email server. He joked openly with Comey at the White House two days after the inauguration.
Trump, as one White House official noted, believed Comey was too soft on Clinton — not too unfair, as Rosenstein’s letter Tuesday indicated.
At FBI headquarters, one senior official said the bureau was essentially in lockdown, not answering calls flooding in and referring all questions to the Justice Department. “I got nothing for you. Sorry,” said the official. “We were caught totally off guard. But we are not commenting in any kind of way, and referring calls to DOJ.”
Comey had flown on an FBI plane to Los Angeles for a “diversity and recruiting” event. Trump’s director of Oval Office operations, longtime security aide Keith Schiller, hand-delivered the dismissal letter to FBI headquarters.
By Tuesday evening, the shock that had spread throughout the ranks of current and former FBI officials was mixed with a growing sense of anger among the many Comey loyalists, and demands for answers as to why the director had been fired — and why now.
“We just have no idea why this happened. No idea,” said one recently retired top FBI official who worked closely with Comey on many high-profile investigations. “No one knew this was coming. Everyone is just shocked that this happened.”
There was no immediate front-runner for the job, one White House official said. “If there’s a list, I haven’t seen it,” said one senior White House official.
While shock dominated much of the FBI and the White House, the mood was more elated at Roger Stone’s house in Florida.
Several Stone allies and friends said Stone, who has been frequently mentioned in the investigation, encouraged the president to fire Comey in conversations in recent weeks.
Stone declined to comment Tuesday night but said he was enjoying a fine cigar.
Josh Meyer, Tara Palmeri and Annie Karni contributed to this report.