President Trump fires James Comey
On May 9th, the world was shocked to hear the news that President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. Comey himself apparently found out the news from the media.
The news was broken when Press Secretary Sean Spicer sent out a memo explaining that Comey had been fired. Eventually, the letters and memos that were apparently responsible for the firing of Comey were released .
Check out the letter below.
— CNN (@CNN) May 10, 2017
According to The White House, the main reason that they decided to let Comey go was to restore the credibility of the FBI. They believe that Comey’s actions regarding his handling of the investigation of Secretary Hillary Clinton’s email servers. The recommendation to fire Comey apparently came from the Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
They believe that by holding a press conference and detailing all of the horrible things Clinton had done was uncalled for. Wow, this is really ironic to see Trump and his White House attacking Comey for going public about the investigation.
All throughout the 2016 election, Trump praised Comey for sticking it to Clinton.
“That was so bad what happened originally, and it took guts for Director Comey to make the move that he made in light of opposition he had where they’re trying to protect her from criminal prosecution,” said Trump at an Oct. 31 rally in Michigan. “It took a lot of guts.”
Now, apparently according to Trump he acted out of line by holding that press conference and going over the head of the Attorney General. Let’s just add this one to the ongoing lists of flip-flops of our current President.
Many, from both parties, have criticized and questioned the President’s rash decision. They believe that Trump did this to stop Comey’s ongoing investigation into his ties with Russia.
Sen. Richard Burr, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, tweeted that he was concerned about the timing of the firing.
“I am troubled by the timing and reasoning of Director Comey’s termination,” he tweeted.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer at a press conference he held had much to say about the firing of Comey.
“If there was ever a time when circumstances warranted a special prosecutor, it is right now,” said Schumer. “Mr. Rosenstein already expressed concern that Director Comey damaged the integrity of the FBI. The attorney general already had to recuse himself from the investigation for being too close to the president.”
“If Mr. Rosenstein is true to his word, that he believes this investigation must be ‘fair, free, thorough and politically independent,’ if he believes as I do that the American people must be able to have faith in the impartiality in this investigation, he must appoint a special prosecutor and get his investigation out of the hands of the FBI and far away from the heavy hand of this administration.”
There are some that have defended the president’s decision to fire Comey, like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who reminded Democrats this morning of how the Democrats have called for Comey to be fired.