Hillary won’t have James Comey to kick around anymore.
Was wondering when he would be vacating the seat…
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey Tuesday, saying it was necessary to restore “public trust and confidence” in the nation’s top law enforcement agency following several tumultuous months.
“The FBI is one of our nation’s most cherished and respected institutions, and today will mark a new beginning for our crown jewel of law enforcement,” Trump said in a statement.
The White House said the search for a new FBI director was beginning immediately.
The White House made the stunning announcement shortly after the FBI corrected a sentence in Comey’s sworn testimony on Capitol Hill last week. Comey told lawmakers that Huma Abedin, a top aide to Hillary Clinton, had sent “hundreds and thousands” of emails to her husband’s laptop, including some with classified information.
On Tuesday, the FBI said in a two-page letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee that only “a small number” of the thousands of emails found on the laptop had been forwarded there while most had simply been backed up from electronic devices. Most of the email chains on the laptop containing classified information were not the result of forwarding, the FBI said…
COMEY PINK SLIP pic.twitter.com/1C0Z58HotK
— Shannon Pettypiece (@spettypi) May 9, 2017
Same people who called for Obama to fire Comey during the election about to be very upset Trump just did it.
— Razor (@hale_razor) May 9, 2017
Comey was a hero to the Democrats then he was scum then he was a hero again then scum again and now he's a martyr.
Ok. Makes sense.
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) May 9, 2017
#Comey is out at FBI, lots of media will be outraged, but there's nothing outrageous about it.
Should have been replaced months ago.
— Buck Sexton (@BuckSexton) May 9, 2017
Spying Susan Rice is sooooooo screwed! Comey is gone. Real officers are coming in.
— Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) May 9, 2017
Wonder what/who they were investigating….. https://t.co/fsZO5KRnez
— Joe Trippi (@JoeTrippi) May 9, 2017
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) May 9, 2017
— CBS News (@CBSNews) May 9, 2017
How the mighty have fallen. In March, Comey was hailed as “the most powerful person in Washington.” But those who are tagged “most powerful” have a funny way of quickly being shown up, particularly when they serve at the pleasure of the president. In Comey’s case, his power supposedly was based on his ongoing investigation into Russian influence on the 2016 presidential election, an investigation which has turned up nothing of great importance, certainly nothing to substantiate charges of Russia “hacking the election.”
In fact, Comey had been a dead man walking for some time. He was a director without a constituency. He had tried to strike a balance in a sharply divided political environment and wound up alienating both sides. He had to go.
Democrats blame him for Hillary Clinton’s election loss. Just last week Hillary Clinton said if the election were held October 27 she would be the president – that is, the day before Comey’s dramatic note to Congress that he had reopened the FBI’s investigation into her alleged mishandling of classified information through her bootleg email server.
Then two days before the election Comey said “never mind.” The Bureau had hastily reviewed the 49,000 potentially relevant emails it had found on a laptop owned by disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner, and nothing there changed its conclusions from the previous July when he had called out Mrs. Clinton for lying but did not recommend prosecution.
Whether this rollercoaster ride had an impact on the election is one question, but Comey’s seemingly erratic behavior so close to an election was quite another. I was at a meeting with some senior members of the law enforcement community when Comey backed off the investigation and they expressed utter bewilderment at what he was doing. It went beyond how this would affect Comey’s career or his reputation; he was potentially tarnishing the Bureau itself. And for all this Comey said he had no regrets.