• Zach Bernabe

Trump fires FBI Director Comey

On Tuesday, May 9, 2017, President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, according to Fox News.

President Trump sent a letter to Comey stating that he could not “effectively lead” the bureau and called for “new leadership that restores public trust and confidence” in law enforcement. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a letter to Trump that the next FBI director must be someone who follows "faithfully the rules and principles" of the Justice Department.

Comey was nominated by President Obama in 2013 after spending nearly three decades in law enforcement, according to Fox News

Comey was previously involved with the Hillary Clinton email controversy during her run for president last year. He concluded the investigation by saying she "'had not acted criminally with classified emails but said she had been 'extremely careless,'” according to Fox News. Department of Justice officials have stated these emails were unrelated to Comey being fired.

According thehill.com, however, there were "lingering tensions" between Trump and Comey which likely led to Comey's ultimate firing. For example, Comey "told associates in March that President Trump was 'crazy' for suggesting former President Obama had wiretapped him," and "refused to back his claims...before the House Intelligence Committee in March." As a result, Trump "became increasingly angered...and began discussing his possible firing."