You’re fired! President Donald Trump has brought back his world-famous catchphrase. However, this time, The Donald isn’t firing someone on The Apprentice. This time, Trump has fired one of the top ranked law officials in the nation. He just canned FBI Director James Comey.
Trump wrote in a letter, that Comey’s firing was necessary to restore “public trust and confidence.” Comey has recently come under scrutiny for his role in Hillary Clinton‘s e-mail practices, including a pair of letters he sent to congress regarding these practices only a couple days before November’s presidential election. The President did not indicate whether these factors led to Comedy’s dismissal on Tuesday.
The White House is currently looking for a new FBI Director to fill Comey’s role.
Today’s yuge firing of the nation’s FBI Director came right after the FBI corrected a sentence in Comey’s testimony on Capitol Hill last week. Comey had said to lawmakers that Huma Abedin, a top aide to Hillary Clinton, was responsible for sending “hundreds and hundreds” of e-mails to her estranged husband’s laptop, including classified information. Huma had separated from her husband back in August, as more sexting scandals began to mount.
On Tuesday, the FBI released a two-page letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee. This document reveals that only “a small number” of the thousands of e-mails discovered on the laptop were forwards to there, while most of the e-mails had only been backed up by electronic devices. The FBI says that most of the classified e-mail chains were not the result of forwarding.
Hillary Clinton blames James Comey for her loss in November. She names Comey as one of the key reasons why she lost the election against Donald Trump. “I was on the way to winning until the combination of Jim Comey’s letter on Oct. 28 and Russian Wikileaks raised doubts in the minds of people who were inclined to vote for me but got scared off,” she said. “And the evidence for that intervening event is compelling, persuasive.”
Is this what Trump meant when he said that he’ll “drain the swamp” in Washington?
Who is James Comey?
Former FBI Director James Comey was hired back in Barry O’s administration. President Barack Obama nominated Comey for the FBI post in 2013 to a 10-year term. Comey had spent three decades working in law enforcement.
Comey was against former President George W. Bush’s federal domestic surveillance program. At the time, he was deputy attorney general. He rushed to the hospital bed of Attorney General John Ashcroft in an attempt to stop White House officials from convincing his sickly boss to reauthorize a secret no-warrant wiretapping program. He believed this spy program to be “legally questionable.”
The then-acting Deputy Attorney General described the incident in a 2007 testimony to Congress. Ashcroft’s wife had requested “no visitors,” but Andrew Card, the president’s chief of staff, and Alberto Gonzales, the White House counsel, were heading to Ashcroft’s hospital room anyway. But Comey beat them there and was present when Ashcroft denied their proposition.
“That night was probably the most difficult night of my professional life,” Comey said.