Comey Out as FBI Director
Brad Johnson, Politics Contributor
Breaking News -- On Tuesday, May 9th, James Comey found out that he had been fired from his position as Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This came just a week after the former head of the FBI testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Comey apparently found out by way of television news while meeting with his Los Angeles office employees. President Donald Trump initially released this letter, notifying Comey of his dismissal. The President cited the judgement of his Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, and stated “It is essential that we find new leadership for the FBI that restores public trust and confidence in its vital law enforcement mission.”
Comey, bedeviled by both sides of the aisle over the last year, has come under fire for his conducting of the Russia investigation. Comey first ignited controversy during the 2016 Presidential Campaign when he held a press conference discussing the findings of the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information. After a long list of offences committed by the Former Secretary of State and then Democratic nominee for President, Comey recommended no charges due to a lack of verifiable “intent.” This put him in hot water with those partial to Trump and the like. After the apparent closing of the email investigation, and 11 days before the election, Comey sent a letter to Congress explaining his reopening of the Clinton email investigation. Members of the Left called for his sacking. Donald Trump, and others partial to him, praised the FBI Director for his actions in reopening the investigation.
Regardless of one’s position on Comey and his actions, the timing of his dismissal is quite fishy. As Democrats call for a special prosecutor to handle the Russia probe, Republicans now face another highly controversial appointment battle. All of this comes just as the House finally passed the much maligned AHCA. If and when answers do surface as to the degree to which Russia interfered in the 2016 election, surely it will reignite the controversy which has become the norm throughout this administration’s term of service.
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