Donald Trump loved it when FBI Director James Comey last November unprecedentedly inserted himself into a federal election that benefited Trump regarding Hillary Clinton’s emails, but now that Comey was closing in on Trump campaign operatives’ cozy relationship with Russia’s effort to promote Trump’s election, he’s not so happy. Thus, he fired him. U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, a former U.S. attorney for Connecticut, told CNN an independent prosecutor is now warranted.
You could argue that Comey should have been fired for sticking his nose into a federal election that benefited Trump (or anyone else) but you could also argue Trump–who was effusive of Comey the past six months–threw Comey under the bus because the Justice Department is approaching too close for comfort.
And in his letter to Comey, Trump, through fiat, exonerates himself. Hmmm.
From The New York Times:
President Trump has fired the director of the FBI James B. Comey, over his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails, the White House said on Tuesday.
Mr. Comey’s dismissal was a stunning development for a president that benefited from the F.B.I. investigation of the Democratic nominee during the 2016 campaign. Separately, the F.B.I. also is investigating whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to influence the election.
The abrupt firing raised questions over whether Mr. Trump was trying to influence the Russia investigation. But he said he was following recommendations from the Justice Department, which criticized how Mr. Comey concluded the investigation into Mrs. Clinton.
“While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the bureau,” Mr. Trump said in a letter dated Tuesday to Mr. Comey.
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