President Trump has abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey. This all is happening in the midst of the FBI’s investigation into whether Trump’s campaign had ties to Russia.
Trump stated in a letter to Comey that the firing was necessary to restore “public trust and confidence” in the FBI.
We can all guess that this has something to do with the way Comey handled the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails.
Democrats have jumped to Comey’s side, comparing Trump’s actions to President Richard Nixon’s “Saturday Night Massacre” decision to fire the independent special prosecutor overseeing the Watergate investigation.
Sen. Bob Casey said via Twitter, “This is Nixonian.”
This is Nixonian. Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein must immediately appoint a special prosecutor to continue the Trump/Russia investigation.
— Senator Bob Casey (@SenBobCasey) May 9, 2017
Sen. Ron Wyden also called for Comey to immediately testify to Congress on the status of the Trump-Russia investigation. Many other Dems voiced their concern that the firing is Trump’s way of interfering with the probe.
Some were pleased with Trump’s actions, though. Sen. Lindsey Graham stated, “Given the recent controversies surrounding the director, I believe a fresh start will serve the FBI and the nation well.”
And there have been a great number of controversies in Comey’s tenure. Here are just a few…
- The FBI had possession of emails sent by Nidal Hasan saying he wanted to kill his fellow soldiers to protect the Taliban — but didn’t intervene, leading many critics to argue the tragedy that resulted in the death of 31 Americans at Fort Hood could have been prevented.
- During the Obama Administration, the FBI claimed that two private jets were being used primarily for counterterrorism, when in fact they were mostly being used for Eric Holder and Robert Mueller’s business and personal travel.
- When the FBI demanded Apple create a “backdoor” that would allow law enforcement agencies to unlock the cell phones of various suspects, the company refused, sparking a battle between the feds and America’s biggest tech company. What makes this incident indicative of Comey’s questionable management of the agency is that a) The FBI jumped the gun, as they were indeed ultimately able to crack the San Bernardino terrorist’s phone, and b) Almost every other major national security figure sided with Apple (from former CIA Director General Petraeus to former CIA Director James Woolsey to former director of the NSA, General Michael Hayden), warning that such a “crack” would inevitably wind up in the wrong hands.
- In 2015, the FBI conducted a controversial raid on a Texas political meeting, finger printing, photographing, and seizing phones from attendees (some in the group believe in restoring Texas as an independent constitutional republic).
- During its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified material, the FBI made an unusual deal in which Clinton aides were both given immunity and allowed to destroy their laptops.
Also, according to The New York Times‘ Michael Schmidt, Comey found out he was being fired in a very unconventional way.
Comey learned of firing as he addressed FBI employees in LA. TV screens in background flashed news of firing. Letter was then given to FBI.
— Michael S. Schmidt (@nytmike) May 9, 2017