U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday fired FBI Director James Comey, the man behind the investigations regarding the alleged Russia links to the Trump campaign.
The Trump administration attributed Comey’s dismissal to his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server.
The recent development in the roller coaster presidency of Mr. Trump has raised the specter of political interference by a president into an existing investigation by the nation’s leading law enforcement agency.
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Democrats have ridiculed the Hillary Clinton notion, raising parallels to Watergate-era firings and suggested Comey was getting too close to the White House with the Russia probe, CNN reported. Comey’s dismissal has also ignited calls from the Democrats for a special counsel to lead the Russia inquiry.
According to the New York Times, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, pushed for Mr. Comey’s dismissal. Many in Washington including veteran F.B.I. officers, however, believe it was a carefully choreographed effort by the president to create a pretense for a takedown of his F.B.I. tormentor.
“I cannot defend the director’s handling of the conclusion of the investigation of Secretary Clinton’s emails,” Mr. Rosenstein wrote in a letter that was released by the White House, “and I do not understand his refusal to accept the nearly universal judgment that he was mistaken.”
The dismissal ends the long-deteriorating relationship of Trump and Comey, who repeatedly collided both publicly and in private. For Mr. Trump, a president who puts a premium on loyalty, Mr. Comey represented an independent and unpredictable director with enormous power to disrupt his administration.
Mr. James Comey learned about his firing through news reports as he addressed bureau employees in Los Angeles. While Mr. Comey spoke, television screens in the background began flashing the news. In response to the reports, Mr. Comey laughed, thinking it was a fairly funny prank. Shortly after, Mr. Trump’s letter was delivered to F.B.I. Headquarters in Washington.
Shortly after, Mr. Trump’s letter was delivered to the F.B.I. Headquarters in Washington.
There have been reactions majorly coming from democrats about the abrupt dismissal of the FBI director, but Mr. Trump went on twitter and said:
“The Democrats have said some of the worst things about James Comey, including the fact that he should be fired, but now they play so sad!”
The Democrats have said some of the worst things about James Comey, including the fact that he should be fired, but now they play so sad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 10, 2017
However, many of the Top U.S. officials have been directly or indirectly affected by the Russia links saga. The former National Security Adviser Micheal Flynn was dismissed previously for the sake of having been in contact with the Russians.
Subsequently, Mr. Trump also alleged that former President Obama ordered the wiretap of Trump tower during the last campaign.
And now, the recent dismissal of the FBI director James Comey occupying a sensitive position. We believe that Comey knows so much about the Russia links and about President Trump.
According to the statement released by the White House Press Secretary, a possible replacement is being sought at the moment.
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