FBI Director James Comey, one of the few Obama-era hires Donald Trump kept after his inauguration, is now out of a job.
According to the letter addressed to Comey, Trump fired the FBI director upon the recommendation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his top deputy at the Department of Justice. In the second paragraph of the letter, Trump bizarrely thanked Comey for telling him that he was not being personally investigated by the FBI, even though Comey told Congress on March 20 that his agency was, in fact, investigating the Trump campaign’s alleged pattern of communication with Russian officials.
“While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nonetheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the bureau,” Trump wrote.
This is the letter Trump sent to Comey, check the second paragraph pic.twitter.com/LE9nbtbVRk
— Eliza Collins (@elizacollins1) May 9, 2017
President Trump made the decision to fire Comey after it was revealed that the FBI director misled members of Congress during a sworn testimony about his agency’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s emails in late October of last year. While Comey originally stated that Clinton aide Huma Abedin regularly sent “hundreds and thousands” of emails to then-husband Anthony Weiner’s computer to be printed out and handed to Hillary Clinton, there were only a small handful of emails, and the emails themselves were only sent to Weiner’s computer as a result of Abedin backing up her Blackberry device.
Kevin Wallace is a journalist with five years’ experience in print and digital media, and covers politics, media, and culture for the Resistance Report. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.