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Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

You’re fired: Donald Trump has ousted FBI Director James Comey, effective immediately

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.

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