On Tuesday, May 9, President Donald Trump fired FBI Director, James Comey. This comes during a major investigation by the FBI into former Trump staffers.
In the termination letter, Trump states that he is taking the advice of the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General for this decision. Trump also stated he sees Comey unfit for the position.
“While I greatly appreciate you informing me on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the bureau.”
NPR reports the documents from the White House showing the suggestions from the AG and the Deputy AG as well as the official memo from the White House Secretary confirming the termination.
Among one of the reasons for his firing was Comey’s handling of the Clinton email scandal.
Presidents do have the power to terminate the position of FBI Director at any time.
In March 2017, Comey testified in front of the House Intelligence Committee and confirmed that there was an investigation into the Trump campaign, but not necessarily Trump himself. But, the Trump-Russia ties have been prevalent and gaining traction in the media.
White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, says that the search to replace Comey will happen immediately.