President Trump Fires Director James Comey of the FBI

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Director of the FBI James Comey was fired by President Donald Trump on May 9, an initial move the administration explained was a need to “restore public confidence in the FBI.”  Either it did that almost immediately, or there was no real crisis in public confidence, to begin with, according to The Washington Post.

It is being questioned deeply, why the President fired Comey just as he was leading the investigation into whether Russia colluded with associates of President Trump to the tip of the Presidential election. President Trump asked FBI Director Comey to shut down the investigation of Trump’s former national security advisor, Michael T. Flynn in an Oval Office meeting during February. In a note, Trump also asked Comey, “I hope you can let this go” according to Nytimes.com.

 When Donald Trump said he was going to, “drain the swamp,” he apparently aimed that not only at the political insiders in the White House but also at James Comey. The White House officially stated on May 9th, that Trump “acted based on clear recommendations” from attorney general Jeff Sessions and deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, according to usatoday.com.

Benjamin Wittes, a close confidant of the ex-FBI director James Comey stated, “I thought it was interesting and very telling that he declined an opportunity to tell his story in private, I think that’s a reflection of the fact that this is a guy with a story to tell.” Wittes also added, “I think if I were Donald Trump that would scare me a lot.” Before Comey was fired, he agreed to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee in an open session. Benjamin Wittes stated to CNN of his friends firing, “He’s going to be fine. He’s not somebody who spends time feeling sorry for himself,” according to independent.co.uk.

Trump stated that the “FBI has been in turmoil.” White House spokeswoman also stated that “the rank and file of the FBI had lost confidence in Comey. Although according to Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, Comey “enjoyed broad support within the FBI, and still does to this day, according to usatoday.com.