A bombshell announcement on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, which resulted in shock waves being transmitted across different media platforms when President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.
James Comey, a man once perceived to be of impeccable and nonpartisan standards that are quintessential of how a law enforcer should conduct themselves; had his reputation hauled through the dirt of politics during the recently, held United States presidential election.
Comey was responsible for the bureau’s investigation into whether members of President Donald Trump’s campaign team colluded with Russia in its interference in last year’s election, and the handling of the investigation into Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s email server.
It is reported that some Democrats believe that Comey’s announcement that he was reopening the probe into Clinton’s private email server 11 days before the election cost the former secretary of state the presidency. This has led to James Comey lately, facing the fury of many Democrats again for his handling of the investigation.
In a succession of late-night tweets on May 2, exactly a week before his final decision was made public, President Donald Trump revealed his anger towards James Comey.
While the Trump administration is attributing James Comey’s dismissal to the manner in which he handled the investigation into Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s email server; Democrats has ridiculed that notion, raising parallels to Watergate-era firings and suggested that Comey was getting too close to the White House with the Russia probe.
On Tuesday, while James Comey was addressing the workforce at the FBI office in Los Angeles, law enforcement he learned of his dismissal from televisions tuned to the news, and he made a joke about it to lighten the mood, then, called his office to get confirmation according to a CNN report.
President Donald Trump informed Comey, in a signed letter released by the White House that he was “Hereby terminated and removed from office, effective immediately,” explaining that he reached the conclusion that Comey is “not able to effectively lead the bureau.”
In his letter, Trump stated; “It is essential that we find new leadership for the FBI that restores public trust and confidence in its vital law enforcement mission.”
President Donald Trump also told James Comey in the letter; “I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors.”