Fired FBI Director James Comey said in a letter to colleagues that he’s not going to dwell on the manner of his departure and they shouldn’t either.
“I have long believed that a President can fire an FBI Director for any reason, or for no reason at all,” Comey said in the letter, which was first reported by CNN on Wednesday.
“I’m not going to spend time on the decision or the way it was executed. I hope you won’t either. It is done, and I will be fine, although I will miss you and the mission deeply,” Comey wrote.
The former Director expressed his deep feelings for the Bureau and the people who comprise it.
“I have said before that, in times of turbulence, the American people should see the FBI as a rock of competence, honesty, and independence. What makes leaving the FBI hard is the nature and quality of its people, who make it that rock for America.”
“It is very hard to leave a group of people who are committed only to doing the right thing. “My hope is that you will continue to live our values and the mission of protecting the American people and upholding the Constitution. If you do that, you too will be sad when you leave, and the American people will be safer.”
A statement like that honors the men and women who serve in the FBI. Our politicians should give that some thought.
The former FBI director ended the letter by saying, “Working with you has been one of the great joys of my life. Thank you for that gift.”
Signed, “Jim Comey”