Trump Fires Comey

Trump Fires Comey

Samantha Miranda Espinoza, Editor

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.