Attorney General Jeff Sessions has apparently been trying to find a reason to fire FBI Director James Comey for the past week.
Shortly after Comey’s firing from the FBI was announced on Tuesday evening, New York Times reporter Michael S. Schmidt tweeted that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had been looking for a reason to fire James Comey “since at least last week,” prior to the revelation unearthed earlier today by ProPublica about Comey misleading Congress during his testimony about the Clinton email investigation.
WH and DOJ had been working on firing Comey since at least last week. Sessions had been working to come up with reasons.
— Michael S. Schmidt (@nytmike) May 9, 2017
Trump fired Comey after consulting with Attorney General Jeff Sessions in regard to Comey’s misleading testimony about the Clinton email investigation. CNN’s Jim Sciutto noted that even though Sessions has recused himself from the DOJ’s Trump/Russia inquiry, he still weighed in on the dismissal of Comey, who was seen as the top investigator in the probe itself.
“Based on my evaluation, and for the reasons expressed by the Deputy Attorney General in the attached memorandum, I have concluded that a fresh start is needed at the leadership of the FBI,” Sessions wrote in his letter to Trump. “The Director of the FBI must be someone who follows faithfully the rules and principles of the Department of Justice and who sets the right example for our law enforcement officials and others in the Department.”
Remember AG Sessions, who recused himself from Russia investigation, has fired the leader of that investigation, Director Comey
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) May 9, 2017
As the director of the FBI, Comey had been overseeing the agency’s investigation into President Trump’s alleged communications with Russian intelligence operatives during the course of his presidential campaign. Comey was scheduled to come before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday in his capacity as FBI director to answer questions about his findings. Despite his firing, he is still expected to testify later this week.
#ONTHEWIRE – RUMINT – Comey (as former Director) is testifying tomorrow/Thursday before Senate Committee in closed session.
— JΞSŦΞR ✪ ΔCŦUΔL³³º¹ (@th3j35t3r) May 10, 2017
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