- US President Donald Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey
- Analysts believe Trump’s latest move could trigger a ‘political firestorm’ in the current administration
- Comey learned about his dismissal while addressing FBI employees in New York
United States President Donald Trump has fired Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey on Tuesday; sparking what analysts described could be a political firestorm in the current administration.
Comey was responsible for leading the criminal investigation that’s looking into an alleged collusion between Trump’s advisers and the Russian government to manipulate the 2016 US presidential election.
Trump’s firing of Comey came as a surprise, if not a shock, to the White House since the US president once commended him for his ‘guts’ in handling the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of private emails during the campaign.
Ironically, it was for the same reason that Trump got rid of the country’s top law enforcement officer.
“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,” said Trump’s statement as released by White House.
Comey’s dismissal was allegedly being pushed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein.
The FBI director is serving his third year with the Bureau and has still more than 6 years left in his term.
He learned about his dismissal while addressing his employees at the New York office.
“It is essential that we find new leadership for the FBI that restores public trust and confidence in its vital law enforcement mission,” Trump wrote in the letter.
“I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors,” the president added.