Trump fires FBI Director Comey

Trump fires FBI Director James Comey

Tuesday evening, President Donald Trump announced the dismissal of the FBI’s director, James Comey. In a statement, the President announced that the decision comes after the advice of the Attorney General of the United States, Jeff Sessions and the Assistant Attorney General to remove Comey at the FBI. The reason for the removal was the handling of the email investigation into Hillary Clinton shortly before the November election.

The firing of Comey comes at a time when the FBI is investigating ties between Russia and members of the Trump election campaign. In the letter that Trump sent to Comey calling for his dismissal, Trump stated that, “While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occassinos, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgement of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the Bureau.” The spelling error is on the letter that Trump sent to Comey.

It was March 20th, when Comey appeared before the House to explain investigations into Hillary Clinton’s email, then also announced that his agency is investigating possible coordination between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign in a counterintelligence investigation that had the possibility of reaching all the way to the White House.

Trump said in a statement released by the White House, “The FBI is one of our Nation’s most cherished and respected institutions and today will mark a new beginning for our crown jewel of law enforcement.” Yet, the position of director of FBI it is supposed to be not a partisan position. Comey had received criticism for sending a letter to Congress declaring he was re-opening the email investigation of Hillary Clinton. Per the letter from the Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein, that Comey’s firing is due to that letter. Trump during this time as candidate Trump, applauded the decision then but now has Comey fired? It is a strange turn of events.

The only time a sitting FBI Director was fired while an investigation was being made into the President’s inner circle, was made by President Richard Nixon, on October 20th, 1975. Nixon decided that special prosecutor Archibald Cox had to be fired for his Watergate investigation. The “Saturday Night Massacre” was dubbed so when Nixon order his Attorney General Elliot Richardson to fire Cox who refused and then resigned. Nixon then told the Assistant Attorney General William Ruckelshaus to fire Cox. He too, resigned instead of taking Nixon’s action. The Courts later ruled that Nixon’s actions to fire Cox were illegal.


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