President Donald Trump fired James Comey, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)., according to a statement released by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.
Spicer said Trump terminated and removed Comey from his position based on the clear recommendations of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
“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,” said Trump in the statement.
Trump’s dismissal letter to Comey
Trump sent a letter to Comey informing him that Sessions and Rosenstein recommended his dismissal as FBI Director.
The President wrote, “I have accepted their recommendation and you are hereby terminated and removed from office, effective immediately.”
While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three 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.”
It is essential that we find new leadership for the FBI that restores public trust and confidence in its vital law enforcement mission.”
Comey’s handling of the investigation on Clinton’s e-mails
Comey has been entangled in controversy due to his handling of the investigation on Hillary Clinton’s use of private e-mail server during her tenure as Secretary of State.
On July 5, he announced that Mrs. Clinton will not face criminal charges for using a private e-mail server because the FBI did not find “clear evidence” that she or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information. At the time, Comey said he did not coordinate his announcement regarding the issue with the Justice Department or any other agency.
On October 28, 11 days before the presidential election, Comey decided to inform the Congress that the FBI is opening an investigation into a new computer that contains Mrs. Clinton’s emails. His action ignited intense public debate and scrutiny as many believe it was politically motivated and partly damaged Mrs. Clinton’s presidential bid. He disregarded a long-standing practice of the DOJ and FBI not to comment publicly about politically sensitive investigations within 60 days of an election.
Rosenstein said Comey made serious mistakes
Rosenstein wrote in his memorandum for the Attorney General that he “cannot defend the Director’s handling of the conclusion of the investigation of Secretary Clinton’s emails.”
He also stated that he does not understand Comey’s “refusal to accept the universal judgement that he was mistaken.” Rosenstein added that “almost everyone agrees that the Director made serious mistakes.”
Rosenstein pointed out that the FBI is unlikely to regain the trust of the public and Congress until it has a Director who understands the gravity of the mistakes and pledges not to repeat them. The Deputy Attorney General believes that Comey cannot be expected to implement the necessary corrective actions because he refused to admit his errors.
In fact, Comey defended his actions related to the investigation on Clinton’s e-mails during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last week. He told senators that he made a “hard choice” and a “right choice.”
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