On Tuesday, Donald Trump fired James B. Comey the director of the F.B.I. Comey’s termination came abruptly.
Comey oversaw the investigation into whether Trump and his advisors colluded with Russia to interfere with the outcome of the 2016 elections. Many are now questioning what the president didn’t want Comey to find out in the investigation.
Comey’s firing has Democrats calling for an independent prosecutor to lead the Russia inquiry investigation.
Trump states that he terminated Comey because of his handling of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. If this were the case one must wonder why it took him so long to fire him.
In Trump’s letter to Comey, which was released to the media by the White House, Trump betrayed his focus on the ongoing inquiry into Russia’s connections to the Trump administration.
“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 penned to Mr. Comey. The letter was dated Tuesday.
Deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, pushed for Comey’s dismissal.
“I cannot defend the director’s handling of the conclusion of the investigation of Secretary Clinton’s emails,” Mr. Rosenstein wrote in a letter that was released by the White House, “and I do not understand his refusal to accept the nearly universal judgment that he was mistaken.”
Yet many of the facts cited as evidence for Comey’s dismissal were well known when Mr. Trump kept him on the job: Comey was three years into a 10-year term. And both Mr. Trump and his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, had praised Mr. Comey back then for reopening the Clinton investigation by saying his public announcement “took guts” and yet now that action has become the heart of his dismissal.
Trump’s decision to fire Comey is only the second time since taking office that the president has fired a top law enforcement official. The first time happened back in January when Trump fired Sally Q. Yates.
By Tammy Marie Rose