FBI Director James Comey has been fired. Apparently Comey had no idea this was going to happen until Tuesday afternoon. The dismissal takes place immediately.
Comey appears to have been fired for how he handled the Clinton email/personal server last year.
“Today, President Donald J. Trump informed FBI Director James Comey that he has been terminated and removed from office,” the White House statement reads.
“President Trump acted based on the clear recommendations of both Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions,” the statement said.
The last straw might have come with his recent testimony before the Senate though this was not mentioned as the reason.
James Comey told a Senate committee last week that “hundreds and thousands” of emails containing classified information had been forwarded from top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin to the home computer she shared with her husband — and one-time New York congressman — Anthony Weiner.
It apparently wasn’t true.
CNN’s Evan Perez reported Tuesday that Comey had drastically overstated the number of emails Abedin had forwarded to Weiner and that the FBI was in the midst of trying to find a way to correct the record.
Comey was trying to clear up his testimony when Attorney General Jeff Sessions recommended James Comey be fired and Trump accepted the recommendation.
Democrats who demanded Comey be fired for months are now complaining that he was fired. CNN claims it’s interfering in the Trump-Russia investigation but several senators including Senator Manchin have said it will have no effect.
Comey has been on thin ice for some time. In his efforts to not politicize the agency, he politicized it and made enemies on both left and right.
According to the letters from the President and from internal reports given by agents to Catherine Herridge of Fox News, James Comey is said to have colored outside the lines and brought disrepute to the premier law enforcement agency in the world.
It was not his job to usurp the job of the Attorney General in the case of Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal server, pointing to a long term problem in the department, Rosenstein wrote.
Following is the letter to FBI Director Comey from President Trump. Interestingly, the President said James Comey told him three times that he was not under investigation.
This is the letter from Jeff Sessions.
Next is the letter from Deputy AG Rosenstein in which he outlines the case for firing James Comey. He points to last July 5th when Comey usurped power from AG Loretta Lynch and decided to drop the Clinton prosecution after Lynch met with Clinton on the tarmac. Rosenstein also said Comey should not have laid out the serious negative details of Hillary Clinton’s case in a press conference. It’s apparently not done. It convicted her without a trial.
Rosenstein only assumed the position at the end of April.