Today President Donald Trump, in a move apparently unforeseen by the media, terminated the employment of FBI Director James Comey, who has been under extreme criticism by both Republicans and Democrats for his recent inconsistencies.
After Comey’s testimony last week in which he contradicted himself about the Anthony Weiner/Huma Abedin email case, Donald Trump felt it was time for new management in the FBI.
President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, shortly after he provided misleading testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee about classified emails from Huma Abedin found on Anthony Weiner’s computer.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer confirmed to reporters that ‘the president has accepted the recommendation of the deputy attorney general and the attorney general regarding the dismissal of the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.’
A written statement from Spicer, sent minutes later, confirmed that Trump ‘acted based on the clear recommendations of both Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.’
Trump said: ‘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.’
In a letter Trump said that Comey needed to be fired in order to restore “public trust and confidence” in the department. Democrats have criticized Comey for his opening and closing of Hillary Clinton’s email server save only a week before the presidential election, with Hillary Clinton herself even blaming Comey for her defeat.
President Donald Trump abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey Tuesday, ousting the nation’s top law enforcement official in the midst of an investigation into whether Trump’s campaign had ties to Russia’s election meddling.
In a letter to Comey, Trump said the firing was necessary to restore “public trust and confidence” in the FBI. Comey has come under intense scrutiny in recent months for his role in an investigation into Democrat Hillary Clinton’s email practices, including a pair of letters he sent to Congress on the matter in the closing days of last year’s election.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions reportedly told the president that the time had come for Comey to go after his contradictions and misleading statements regarding Huma Abedin and Anthony Weiner’s classified email case.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions told the president it was time for Comey to go after his evidence that Huma Abedin forwarded hundreds or thousands of emails to her husband Anthony Weiner, some of them classified, was wrong
Trump’s White House said that the search for Comey’s replacement was to begin immediately.
This sudden move by Trump, firing the much criticized FBI Director James Comey, will likely be a breath of fresh air for his supporters and viewed as a vital step in fulfilling his campaign promise to “drain the swamp”.
Below is a letter from the office of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, recommending the replacement of FBI Director James Comey. He states that it is essential the “Department of Justice clearly reaffirm its commitment to longstanding principles that ensure the integrity and fairness of federal investigations and prosecutions.” In other words, perhaps its time that politicians who break the law, such as Hillary Clinton, regardless of their elite status should be held accountable just as any other citizen of the country would.
Confidence in Comey’s ability to lead an impartial investigation free from political influence was first brought into question in the Summer of 2016, when during a press conference he classified Hillary Clinton’s illicit activities regarding her private email server as “careless”, yet failed to recommend prosecution even after obvious statutes involving the handling of classified information were violated.
The firing of Comey so suddenly should be a warning shot to other directors of large government departments, proving that no one is beyond repercussions for their failings and that Trump is not afraid to shake up the status quo.
Finally, consequences have caught up with a high ranking member of “the swamp”, but something tells me this is only the first in what will be a series of house cleaning measures. Measures, which are long overdue in a government that has become corrupted by partisan politics.
The only question now is, will James Comey show up to work tomorrow because he couldn’t discern “intent” from Trump’s termination letter?