The White House released a statement just minutes ago announcing that President Donald Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey at the recommendation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Comey was just 4 years into a 10 year term.
While the public statement put out by the White House makes no mention of the FBI’s investigation of the connections between the Trump campaign, the letter addressed to the Director Comey makes an allusion to “While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the Bureau.”
Comey’s dismissal comes just one hour after he informed Congress that he had misrepresented the findings of the FBI investigation into emails that Huma Abedin sent from then Secretary Clinton’s email account to a computer shared with her husband, Anthony Weiner.
It’s unknown if Director Comey in fact assured President Trump on multiple occasions that he was not under investigation, however, it’s important to note that Comey testified in congress on March 20th, that Trump’s campaign is in fact under FBI investigation:
“I have been authorized by the Department of Justice to confirm that the FBI, as part of our counterintelligence mission, is investigating the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election and that includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia’s efforts. As with any counterintelligence investigation, this will also include an assessment of whether any crimes were committed.”
It should be noted that the FBI’s investigation is the only ongoing independent investigation into possible collusion between Trump’s campaign, his associates, and Russia.
President Trump is now free to hand-select Director Comey’s successor. Likely concluding any potential investigation into possible collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia during the 2016 election cycle.
Close Resemblance to Nixon Firing Special Prosecutor
If any of this sounds familiar, it might be because a similar scenario has played out before in American politics…
It was just after 8pm on October 21, 1973 that President Nixon fired special prosecutor in charge of overseeing the Watergate investigation, and accepted the resignations of his Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General.
Then Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox refused to comply with an order from President Nixon that he cease his efforts to obtain the Watergate tapes.