The president of the United States, Donald Trump, has fired FBI Director James Comey while still under investigation for Russian ties.
The decision, made under the advisement of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rob Rosenstein, is said to have sent shockwaves through the Bureau.
According to Spicer, “The president has accepted the recommendation of the Attorney General and the deputy Attorney General regarding the dismissal of the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.”
A letter was sent to Comey, advising of his termination over the Clinton emails in 2016, saying he had misstated key findings during a testimony:
“Somehow, her emails were being forwarded to Anthony Weiner, including classified information,” Comey said, and added later, “His then-spouse Huma Abedin appears to have had a regular practice of forwarding emails to him for him I think to print out for her so she could then deliver them to the secretary of state.”
Comey also said that Abedin had “forwarded hundreds and thousands of emails, some of which contain classified information.’’
With neither statements reportedly being accurate and the number of emails being vastly overstated – according to those close to the investigation – it was taken under advisement to terminate Comey’s employment.
Trump said of Comey’s investigation into Hillary Clinton on May 2, 2017, tweeting: “FBI Director Comey was the best thing that ever happened to Hillary Clinton in that he gave her a free pass for many bad deeds! The phony Trump/Russia story was an excuse used by the Democrats as justification for losing the election.”
Comey reportedly received a letter advising him of Trump’s decision:
“While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgement of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the Bureau,” Trump said in the letter. “It is essential that we find new leadership for the FBI that restores public trust and confidence in its vital law enforcement mission.”
“The FBI is one of our nation’s most cherished and respected institutions and today will mark a new beginning for our crown jewel of law enforcement,” President Trump said in a statement of his decision.
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