President Donald Trump has fired James Comey, the director of the FBI , who was conducting the investigation into the links between the president’s circles and Russian interference in the United States elections.
These are seven of the most striking points in James Comey’s sudden dismissal:
The official motif (!?)
In a letter to Comey, Trump states that dismissal was necessary to restore “public confidence” in the FBI.
Comey has been under intense scrutiny in recent months for her public comments on Hillary Clinton ‘s e-mail investigation , which includes two letters he sent to Congress on this issue in the last days of the Last year’s election campaign.
Clinton went on to say that these comments cost him the choice .
Obviously, all of this benefited Trump in his career toward the White House and until now he had never been critical of Comey. In fact, he praised his “guts” for investigating the issue and asserted that it was “the right thing .”
In a tweet last October, Trump even said Comey should have acted earlier:
Hillary and the Dems loved and praised FBI Director Comey just a few days ago. Original evidence was overwhelming, should not have delayed!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 30, 2016
The real reason
Many commentators believe that the reason behind this dismissal is obvious, and the New York Times sums it up perfectly in its editorial :
“Mr. Comey was fired because he was conducting an active investigation that could bring down a president.” The Comey agency has been investigating the ties between the Russian Government and Mr. Trump and his deputies, which would lead to potentially ruinous consequences for the Administration ” .
fired by Trump:
allegedly investigating Trump:
— Manish Singh (@Manish_05Singh) May 10, 2017
Front page of the NYT tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/bWwO9rFLro
— Lance Booth (@lancekbooth) May 10, 2017
The recommendation for this strategic move comes from Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who in March left this investigation by not revealing two meetings with the Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, in 2016.
Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation…but recommended firing Comey…who was leading that investigation.
How is that ok?
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) May 9, 2017
Comey was with his FBI colleagues in Los Angeles when on the news they reported his dismissal. At first he thought it was a joke , until a worker took him to a room where he handed the letter written by the president.
I sincerely appreciate the fact that [Comey] informed me, on three different occasions, that I am not being investigated. – Donald Trump
The strange part
Thus says the letter:
Dear Director Comey:
I have received the attached letters from the attorney general and the deputy attorney general of the United States recommending his resignation as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. I have accepted your recommendation and you have now completed your task and are removed from your post, which is immediately effective.
While I sincerely appreciate the fact that I was informed on three separate occasions that I am not being investigated, I do, however, agree with the Justice Department’s judgment that you are not qualified to effectively direct the FBI. It is essential that we find a new FBI leader who will restore public confidence in his vital law enforcement mission.
I wish you luck in your future.
The odd part is this: “I sincerely appreciate the fact that I was informed, on three different occasions, that I am not being investigated.”
Probably the White House does not clarify when these “three occasions” occurred and Comey has not said anything publicly about it.
The White House is “brazenly interfering” in research on Russia. – Adam Schiff
However, it has confirmed an FBI investigation that analyzes “any link between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian Government.”
The inclusion-on purpose-of that particular line betrays Trump in his continual obsession with scandal and resorting to anything to divert attention, as can be seen in his tweets:
FBI Director Comey was the best thing that ever happened to Hillary Clinton in that he gave her a free pass for many bad deeds! The phony…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 3, 2017
…Trump/Russia story was an excuse used by the Democrats as justification for losing the election. Perhaps Trump just ran a great campaign?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 3, 2017
Democrats have criticized Trump’s gesture against President ‘s so-called Saturday Night Massacre when he decided to dismiss the independent special prosecutor investigating the Watergate scandal in 1973 , which resulted in the resignations of two Justice Department.
“This is Nixonian,” Senator Bob Casey said on Twitter. “Outrageous,” said Sen. Ron Wyden. California Representative Adam Schiff accused the White House of being “brazenly interfering” in the investigation, according to the Associated Press .
President Trump’s action completely negates any hint of independent inquiry and puts the nation on the verge of a constitutional crisis. – John Conyers
They will be huge. They are already being.
Representative John Conyers, a member of the Judicial Committee, states: “Today’s action by President Trump completely negates any indication of independent inquiry into Russian efforts to influence our elections, and puts our nation on the verge of a constitutional crisis” .
Trump’s announcement on Tuesday skips decades of presidential deference to the largest law enforcement agency and its independence. This gives Trump the dubious distinction of being the first Nixon president to dismiss an official who runs an investigation involving the chief executive. And it consolidates a clear pattern of a man willing to challenge – in a very dramatic way – the institutions created to ensure that the president assumes his responsibilities.
If Trump intended to defuse the FBI’s investigation into whether his election campaign was confused with Russia, Comey’s dismissal may have the opposite effect.
Comey has been four years in a position that usually lasts ten. ” It’s unprecedented, ” says historian Michael Beschloss.
And yet Trump’s gesture carries many risks. If he wanted to defuse the FBI’s investigation into whether his election campaign was confused with Russia, Comey’s dismissal could have the opposite effect. Several indignant Democrats have called for an independent prosecutor and other Republicans have confessed to being upset over the president’s decision.