Donald Trump signed a letter of termination addressed to FBI Director James Comey on May 9, 2017. The president attached letters from the Attorney General and the Deputy Attorney General of the United States, which indicate their recommendations for Comey’s dismissal.
Rod Rosenstein, the Deputy AG, believes that the firing is essential for restoring the public’s confidence in the agency. He states that over the last year the credibility and reputation of the FBI have suffered tremendous damage. He further claims Comey’s actions has affected the Department of Justice, as a whole.
The Deputy AG blames the director’s handling of Clinton’s emails was ineffective. In his opinion, legislators, veterans, and citizens are deeply concerned. His letter to the president was three pages long.
AG Jeff Session’s, on the other hand, was brief. He stated that based on his evaluation, Comey does not meet the standards of discipline, integrity, and the rule of law of the Justice Department.
He recommended that President Trump terminate Comey, immediately. In the letter, he told the president that a search for an “experienced and qualified individual to lead the great men and women of the FBI” should begin forthwith.
Sean Spicer released the statement that the search to replace Comey with a new permanent FBI Director has started. No comment has been made by President Trump.
This comes on the heels of Comey’s testimony about the interference of the Russian government in the 2015-16 presidential election.
The Public Slate will cover this subject in depth, and any updates will be provided as they come available.
By Cathy Milne
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