James Comey is out as the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation after being sacked by Donald Trump in a surprise dismissal, the regime said today in a bombshell announcement that instantly became top news.
In a letter addressed to Comey, Trump wrote: “I have received the attached letters from the Attorney General and the Deputy Attorney General of the United States recommending your dismissal as the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. I have accepted their recommendation and you are hereby terminated and removed from office, effective immediately.”
The letter went on to say:
“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.”
Only a few ago, Trump told a friendly interviewer at Fox Business that Comey was still in his good graces. “It’s not too late, but, you know, I have confidence in him. We’ll see what happens. You know, it’s going to be interesting,” Trump said.
Officially, the reason given for Comey’s firing is that he mishandled the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while Secretary of State (which is very convenient). Unofficially, the regime wanted Comey gone because he was not a loyal soldier for Trump. Comey’s replacement will be someone who won’t be independent and thus unable to investigate wrongdoing by the regime.
Comey was quite helpful to Trump’s campaign last year when he was repeatedly undermining Hillary Clinton’s campaign. But now that Trump has taken power, the notoriously independent Comey has ceased to be an asset. Keeping him around doesn’t serve Trump’s interests. So he’s been dismissed.
Actually, unceremoniously dumped would be more accurate. Trump did not even extend Comey the courtesy of a phone call, let alone an advance notification:
Comey heard the news while giving a speech
Mr. Comey stopped addressing the group. He proceeded to shake hands with the employees he had been speaking to. Then he stepped into a side office, where he confirmed that he had been fired. At that point, he had not heard from the White House.
Shortly thereafter, a letter from Mr. Trump was delivered to the F.B.I.’s headquarters, just seven blocks from the White House.
Mr. Comey’s day had begun in Florida, where he spoke to a group of police officers. He then flew to Los Angeles, where he was also scheduled to speak at a diversity meeting.
— Michael S. Schmidt
It is NPI’s view that Comey should have been fired by President Barack Obama months ago. Comey damaged the reputation and credibility of the Federal Bureau of Investigation with his public statements and letters to the Republican-controlled Congress about the botched investigation into Clinton’s emails — statements and letters which benefited Trump’s campaign.
And more recently, Comey handed Trump, Sessions, and Rosenstein another gift when he provided a pretext for his own ouster — making statements to Congress about that same investigation that were not accurate:
On Tuesday, the FBI sent a letter to Congress correcting inaccurate congressional testimony by Director James Comey, six days after he mischaracterized what the FBI discovered on Anthony Weiner’s laptop. The bureau addressed the matter in a two-page letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee from its congressional liaison, explaining that it was “intended to supplement” Comey’s testimony, by providing “the full context of what was reviewed and found on the laptop.”
In it, the FBI acknowledged that only a “small number” of more than 49,000 “potential relevant” emails found on Weiner’s laptop had been forwarded from Clinton deputy Huma Abedin to Weiner, her husband, not hundreds or thousands as Comey had stated. The FBI said just two of those messages contained classified information.
Comey was also overseeing an investigation into whether the Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election and whether the Trump campaign inappropriately colluded with the Russian government to gain a political advantage.
We agree with Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer that we need a special prosecutor — immediately — to take over that investigation.
“The only way the American people can have faith in this investigation is for it to be led by a fearless independent special prosecutor,” Schumer told reporters following Comey’s firing at a press conference at the Capitol. “If Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein does not appoint an independent special prosecutor, every American will rightly suspect that the decision to fire Director Comey was part of a cover-up.”
“People are sitting at home, knowing that the Russians have interfered with our elections and now they see that this is the third person that’s been fired by this administration,” said Senator Maria Cantwell in a statement sent to NPI.
“People want to know, was this because someone was closing in on information about that investigation that might have incriminated people within the administration? My constituents want answers about who knew about the Russian interference. My colleagues in the Senate and House Judiciary Committees are going to continue to investigate, but we need a special independent prosecutor to get the answers for the American people and demand accountability.”
If Congress was being faithful to the Constitution and the principles on which this country was founded, the House of Representatives would be commencing impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump right now. Sadly, that’s not happening. Every branch of our federal government is under the control of people who would rather prop up the regime than save our democracy.