President Trump decided to Fire James Comey, the head director of the FBI Tuesday, May 9. The President gave his reasoned that Comey was being dishonest and showing a disregard for the bureau when handling Hillary Clinton’s private email server during the U.S. presidential election.
Many political commentators have spoken on the issue, some leery of Trump’s timing when he made this decision. Jeff Flake, Republican senator of Arizona, says, “I’ve spent the last several hours trying to find an acceptable rationale for the timing of Comey’s firing, I just can’t do it,” according to The New York Times.
While the deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein agreed with the decision saying, “I cannot defend the director’s handling of the conclusion of the investigation of Secretary Clinton’s emails.”
Comey had been an intricate part in the FBI investigation looking into Russia’s interference with the 2016 presidential election, which is now interrupted after his firing. The investigation may be halted for the time being but the White House has assured a new and permanent director currently being searched for. Trump presented his reasoning in a letter saying, “It is essential that we find new leadership for the FBI that restores public trust and confidence in its vital law enforcement mission.”
Trump is losing public trust as questions of his credibility and honesty have been stirring after he made the decision. This may be because he contradicted himself when he once spoke in support of but now against Mr. Comey’s choices in handling Mrs. Clinton’s emails. He tweeted on the issue saying, “It took guts for director Comey to make the move that he made.”
The letter sent to Comey also praised his efforts of informing the President that he was not under investigation as he said, “While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgement of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the bureau.” The letter was issued by the White House May 9.
Still, officials have refused to release information on the three occasions mentioned. In a press briefing with Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, a reporter asked when the information was given in which she replied, “I don’t have exact dates on when those phone calls took place. The occasions are of interest because Trump and Mr. Comey are known to have a not so friendly relationship, according to The New York Times. The two disagreed often and Comey was seen as a very unpredictable FBI director within the new administration.
Comey is now the second FBI director to have been fired in U.S. history with the first being from the Clinton administration. Trump’s latest decision leads him into more criticism as he exercises his power over the FBI with no sure knowledge of the future of his own investigation.