Trump Fires Comey

Samantha Miranda Espinoza, A&E Editor

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On Tuesday, May 9, President Donald Trump fired Director of the FBI James B. Comey.

The New York Times announced that in the process of firing Comey, Trump abruptly terminat[ed] the top official leading a criminal investigation to steer the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

Trump explained the firing by citing Mr. Comey’s handling investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server […] had once praised Mr. Comey for his ‘guts’ in his pursuit of Mrs. Clinton during the campaign, reported New York Times.

The New York Times also reported that in a letter Mr. Trump wrote to Mr. Comey, dated on Tuesday, he said,

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.

CNN wrote the public’s speculation of Comey’s dismissal was unexpected as, the thinking was that because Democrats were saying precisely what Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in a letter explaining the grounds for Comey’s dismissal, there would be no backlash.

According to CNN, Comey learned of his dismissal from televisions tuned to the news, as he was addressing the workforce at the FBI office in Los Angeles, law enforcement sources said.

The source said he made a joke about it to lighten the mood and called his office to get confirmation.

The dismissal did not seem to be under bad blood as in the letter Trump wrote Comey he said, I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors.

The decision does not seem rash as, White House officials said Trump had been considering firing Comey for at least a week before he made Tuesday’s decision, reported CNN.

The reaction of Congress was one of discontent as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told CNN it was a mistake and described the decision was, loss for the bureau and the nation.

As the search for a new FBI Director begins, Fox News wrote, The only way the American people can have faith in this investigation is for it to be led by a fearless special prosecutor, said Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, N.Y.

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