The White House has just fired FBI Director James Comey.
This comes as President Donald Trump says that he received a recommendation both from Attorney General Jeff Sessions and from Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein that Comey should be removed from office.
In President Trump’s letter to Comey, Trump says that Comey is “not able to effectively lead the Bureau.”
Along with Trump’s letter are two letters written by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein. Rosenstein says in his letter that Comey should be fired because of the way he handled the Hillary Clinton email case. Sessions’ letter says that he agrees with what Rosenstein said and that “a fresh start is needed at the leadership of the FBI.”
CNN is reporting that this letter was hand delivered to FBI Director James Comey this afternoon.
Here is the text of the letter President Donald Trump wrote to James Comey informing Comey that he is fired from his position:
Dear Director Comey,
I have received the attached letters from the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General of the United States recommending your dismissal as Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. I have accepted their recommendation and you are hereby terminated and removed from office, effective immediately.
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.
It is essential that we find new leadership for the FBI that restores public trust and confidence in its vital law enforcement mission.
I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors.
Donald J. Trump