When FBI Director James Comey was fired by President Trump late Tuesday afternoon, the announcement was shocking, to say the least. Comey, who has faced his fair share of criticism from his handling of events during the 2016 election, found himself in an awkward position after he opened an investigation into the Trump administration’s alleged ties to Russia.
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Information is slowly being reported by the media that could shed light on why the abrupt firing took place. According to The New York Times, Comey had a meeting with Rod J. Rosenstein, who is the Deputy Attorney General, and Senate Intelligence Committee members to ask for more resources to put into the Russia investigation.
Proof of the meeting was substantiated by three congressional members who were briefed on the event. The request was apparently for more funding and more agents to help with the growing investigation.
The investigation is now in limbo, and it’s unclear if it will go further when a new director is appointed. Comey was never shy speaking about the investigation, which may have been a contributing factor in his dismissal.
The FBI has been tight-lipped on the firing, but Justice Department spokeswoman, Sarah Isgur Flores, quickly dismissed the notion that Comey asked for more money, calling it “totally false.”
Comey was being asked to speed up the investigation by the top two senators on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Senator Richard Burr, a Republican, and Senator Mark Warner, a Democrat, which could have resulted in the former FBI director asking for more funds, according to CNN.
When Comey was investigating Clinton’s “careless efforts” in maintaining emails on a secure server, the former FBI director openly ridiculed her. It is possible that this attitude transferred to the investigation between the Trump administration and Russia, making him a thorn in the president’s side.
While Comey has never publicly chastised the president, he has spoken multiple times on the Russia investigation, even testifying in committee sessions. Many in Washington have questioned the timing of the firing during an ongoing investigation, and this action may follow Trump throughout his presidency.
It may be poor timing, but if his awkward handling of these prior high profile cases is any indication, it was time for him to go. Perhaps the next candidate appointed will bring respect back to the bureau.