You aren’t the only one who wants Comey fired and out on the streets. Many Americans feel that he deserves such treatment; on both sides of the aisle.
After Monday’s House Congressional probe into the fake “Russia Conspiracy” story, where disgraced FBI Director James Comey testified, people are asking, can President Trump fire him?
Comey appeared before the House committee, where he yet again offered no evidence of Trump/Russia ties but was somehow able to swiftly dismiss President Trump’s accusation of wiretapping, despite the existence of the FISA warrant.
So is there actually a law to fire this politics playing law enforcer? Turns out… THERE IS!
Under a United States statute that first went into effect in 1968, FBI directors are nominated by the president and must be confirmed by the Senate — a process similar to the nomination and confirmation of Supreme Court justices or presidential cabinet officials.
Unlike the justices, who are appointed for life and cannot be fired — but can be impeached by congress (which has happened only one time in American history) — or cabinet officials who have no set terms, the FBI director is appointed to a single term of 10 years.
The statute establishing the 10-year term limit was passed in 1976, four years after the death of legendary FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, who held on to the job for 48 years.
But according to a 2014 report by the Congressional Research Service, “there are no statutory conditions on the President’s authority to remove the FBI Director.” In other words, the President can indeed fire the FBI director. An FBI director can also be removed by congress, through the impeachment process.