By Austin Cherkas | Washington
May 9, 2017, was James Comey ‘s final day as FBI Director. President Trump’s letter to Mr. Comey cites that, “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” (Trump’s Letter Firing FBI Director James Comey). Attorney General Jeff Sessions cites his reasoning, “I concluded that a fresh start is needed in the leadership of the FBI” (Trump’s Letter Firing FBI Director James Comey). Sessions reasons in his letter that Comey did not show adequate amounts of fairness, integrity, and justice. Sessions also mentions his Deputy, Rod Rosenstein, who gave the recommendation to fire Comey.
Rosenstein wrote a three-page memorandum about his reasons. He cites the Hillary Clinton decision as a large contributing factor, believing that Comey handled the investigation poorly. Press Secretary Sean Spicer, in his statement, quotes President Trump: “The FBI is one of the Nation’s most cherished and respected institutions and today will mark a new beginning for our crown jewel of law enforcement”. Spicer also explains that a permanent replacement will begin immediately. Andrew McCabe, Comey’s deputy, is the presumptive acting director of the agency.
Tuesday night, James Comey’s termination troubled Congress. Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, is quoted saying, “I am troubled by the timing and reasoning of Director Comey’s termination”. Congressional Democrats call for an independent investigation on President Trump’s Russian connections in light of James Comey’s termination.
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