US President Donald Trump fired James Comey, director of the FBI, Tuesday. Comey was investigating whether Trump’s campaign team colluded with Russia to interfere in the election last year.
Trump’s administration blamed Comey’s dismissal on how he handled the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server, despite Trump’s previous praise of Comey’s actions during the campaign.
An inside source revealed that Trump’s team believed that Trump’s action would not generate a backlash because it was what the Democrats wanted.
Trump tweeted, “The Democrats have said some of the worst things about James Comey,
including the fact that he should be fired, but now they play so sad!”
Comey learned that he was dismissed on tv while speaking to the workforce at the Log Angeles office of the FBI.
The White House released Trump’s signed letter in which he wrote to Comey that he was “hereby terminated and removed from office, effective immediately,” explaining that he reached the conclusion that Comey is “not able to effectively lead the bureau.”
“It is essential that we find new leadership for the FBI that restores public trust and confidence in its vital law enforcement mission. … I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors.”
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said that he telephoned Trump and told him that he had made a terrible mistake. Schumer asked, “Were these investigations getting too close to home for the President?”
Republican Senator Richard Burr, who is leading a Senate intelligence committee probe into alleged Russian influence on the election, expressed concern at the firing of Comey, which he described as a “loss for the bureau and the nation. … I am troubled by the timing and reasoning of Director Comey’s termination. I have found Director Comey to be a public servant of the highest order, and his dismissal further confuses an already difficult investigation by the Committee.”
Democrats are demanding that a special counsel be appointed to oversee the case, arguing that Trump’s Justice Department cannot be trusted.
Senator John McCain said, “While the President has the legal authority to remove the director of the FBI, I am disappointed in the President’s decision to remove James Comey from office.” The Arizona senator requested that a special congressional committee be appointed to review the Russia allegations.
Clinton’s former campaign manager, Robby Mook. said, “I was as frustrated, concerned and disappointed as anyone with Director Comey’s handling of the email investigation, but President Trump just fired the man investigating how Russia meddled in our election and whether members of his campaign were involved, an investigation President Trump called a “charade” only 24 hours ago … It’s equally concerning that our attorney general, who lied about his own meetings with the Russians, approved Director Comey’s firing.”