After FBI Director James Comey went through grueling testimony this week, he’s out of a job. President Trump, Tuesday, Fired Comey. “Today, President Donald J. Trump informed FBI Director James Comey that he has been terminated and removed from office,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said in a statement.
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The rational behind the decision remains uncertain. Comey had many enemies on the Democratic side of the aisle. After Comey decided to make a public statement about the ongoing Clinton email investigation in late October of 2016, many felt like he was acting in a partisan way to influence the outcome of the election.
Sean Spicer noted that President Trump was acting “on the clear recommendations” of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
“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,” Trump said.
“While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the bureau,” Mr. Trump said in a letter dated Tuesday to Mr. Comey.
“It is essential that we find new leadership for the F.B.I. that restores public trust and confidence in its vital law enforcement mission,” Mr. Trump wrote. The New York Times has published the complete letter.