In a surprising turn of events, President Trump fired the director of the FBI on Tuesday. That’s right. The termination even came as a surprise to James Comey.
Now Comey is officially fired from the investigation into Trump’s connections with the Russian government’s interference in the 2016 Presidential election.
The New York Times compared Trump’s move with President Nixon’s “Saturday Night Massacre,” when Nixon fired the Justice Department in the midst of the Watergate investigation.
President Trump said that it was Comey’s controversial handling of the probe into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, even though Trump got the better end of that deal as Clinton blames Comey’s announcement for losing the election.
President Trump sent a letter to Comey stating, “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.”
Comey was caught off guard by the firing. In fact, according to sources, Comey was addressing bureau employees in Los Angeles when he saw that he had been terminated in a breaking news update.
Trump continued, “It is essential that we find new leadership for the F.B.I. that restores public trust and confidence in its vital law enforcement mission.”
Do you agree with Trump? Or is this just the President’s way of further interfering with the investigation into his ties with Russia and his overall involvement in the election tampering of 2016?