President Trump Fires FBI Director James Comey

Tyler Durden's picture

Update 1: AG Jeff Sessions sent the following statement to all FBI employees tonight:

The President of the United States has exercised his lawful authority to remove James B. Comey, Jr., as the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. By operation of law and effective immediately, Deputy of law and effective immediately, Deputy Director Andrew McCabe assumed the position of Acting Director of the FBI.

 

As you well know, the FBI is an exceptional law enforcement and intelligence agency. It is made so by you, the devoted men and women who work tirelessly to keep our country safe. Thank you for your steadfast dedication and commitment during this time of transition.

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The initially amicable, then increasingly more controversial, contentious and, finally, rancorous relationship between President Donald Trump and FBI Director James Comey has just ended with a bang and with the utterance of Trump's two favorite words: 'You're fired."

According to a statement issued by the White House, the firing of Comey comes at the recommendation of both Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Below is the full statement from the White House:

Today, President Donald J. Trump informed FBI Director James Comey that he has been terminated and removed from office. President Trump acted based on the clear recommendations of both  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

 

"The FBI is one of our Nation's most cherished and respected institutions and today will mark a new beginning for our crown jewel of law enforcement," said President Trump.

 

A search for a new permanent FBI Director will begin immediately.

Below is the letter from Sessions to Trump recommending Comey's termination.

In the letter from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, he cites the handling of Comey's Clinton investigation, and says that Comey was wrong to cite his conclusions about the Clinton email probe in July of 2016: "I cannot defend the Director's handling of the conclusion of the investigation of Secretary Clinton's emails, and I do not understand his refusal to accept the nearly universal judgment that he was mistaken," Rosenstein wrote.

Rosenstein was referring to Comey's decision to announce in July last year that the probe of Hillary Clinton should be closed without prosecution, but then declared - 11 days before the Nov. 8 election - that he had reopened the investigation because of a discovery of a new trove of Clinton-related emails.  Democrats say the decision cost Clinton victory.

Rosenstein also identified several areas in which he said Comey had erred, saying it was wrong of him to "usurp" then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch's authority by announcing the initial conclusion of the email case on July 5.

Comey "announced his own conclusions about the nation's most sensitive criminal investigation, without the authorization of duly appointed Justice Department leaders," Rosenstein wrote. Comey also "ignored another longstanding principle" by holding a news conference to "release derogatory information about the subject of a declined criminal investigation."

In a separate letter to Comey, Trump said that "you are not able to effectively lead" the FBI, new leadership is needed to restore trust.

More from Trump's letter to Comey:

"... 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."

Full Trump letter to Comey below, where amusingly Trump notes that the FBI director told him " on three separate occasions" that he wasn't under investigation.

Comey's firing comes days after he testified on Capitol Hill about the FBI's investigation into Russia's election meddling and possible connections between Russia and Trump's campaign.

Republican Lindsay Senator Graham said after Comey was fired that he believes a "fresh start" will serve the FBI and the nation well and that he encouraged the President "to select the most qualified professional available..."

Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley also applauded Trump's decision saying "The effectiveness of the FBI depends upon the public trust and confidence. Unfortunately, this has clearly been lost."

 

Meanwhile, fellow Republican John McCain criticized the firing of the FBI director saying "Comey is a man of honor and integrity, & he has led the FBI well in extraordinary circumstances." McCain added that "The president's decision to remove the FBI Director only confirms the need and the urgency" for a special committee on Russia.

Others were similarly critical, with Sen. Mark Warner, vice chairman of Senate Intelligence Cmte, saying in a statement that “It is deeply troubling that the president has fired the FBI director during an active counterintelligence investigation into improper contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia,” and adding that “the President’s actions today are shocking."

“Now more than ever, it is vital that our ongoing investigation is completed in a credible and bipartisan way” he said, adding that "we also need to hear directly” from former Director James Comey “about the FBI investigation and related events.” Like McCain, Warner said a special counsel must be appointed.

“That’s the only way the American people will be able to trust the results of any DOJ investigation”:

Elsewhere, Senator Patrick Leahy, Democrat on Senate Judiciary Committee, said Trump's actions are “nothing less than Nixonian” and that “given that the Attorney General supposedly recused himself from the Russia investigation, he should not have played any role in removing the lead investigator from his duties."

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Will Trump's termination of Comey be perceived as retribution? It's very likely: recall that two months ago Comey announced that the FBI was investigating alleged coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 presidential election. Getting rid of Comey would certainly be perceived as one way of putting any FBI probe on indefinite hold. Case in point, the first accuastion of political interference by Trump in the Bureau's work came from none other than Edward Snowden.

Others, like Rep Brad Sherman have immediately called for a Special Counsel to investigate Trump and Russia to answer what's "Trump is trying to hide."

Former FBI Special Agent Ali Soufan was even more concise: "Independent Commission Now!"

Bernie Sanders chimed in too:

As for Comey's replacement, he or she will need to be confirmed by the Senate, and will only need 51 votes to be confirmed.

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Shortly after the news broke, Former President Barack Obama's White House photographer Pete Souza posted a photo on his Instagram page which included James Comey, and captioned "Every person in this photograph is a patriot." The photo includes Obama, Comey, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Lisa Monaco, former Obama chief Homeland Security and Counterterrorism advisor.

 

Putting a comical twist on the day's events, even Richard Nixon was trolling Trump, when the @NixonLibrary twitter account revealed that "FUN FACT" that "President Nixon never fired the Director of the FBI #FBIDirector #notNixonian"

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RawPawg's picture

Give That Man Some Immunity 

Jim Sampson's picture

You ain't gotta go home but you need to get the fuck out of here!

jcaz's picture

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

PrayingMantis's picture

... comey chameleon ...

;

jcaz's picture

Hey Hillary- where's your purple NOW, bitch?

07564111's picture

his replacement is still not named ;)

J S Bach's picture

My "trust" won't be regained with Agent Orange until:

• the wall is built (no "delays")

• we reach sane relations with Russia

• we pull our military out of the Middle East

• Obamacare is exterminated

• he fires Son-In-Law Jared (((Judas))) Kushner

• he re-instates Steve Bannon to the prominent position he earned

• etc... etc...

You know... all those things he so pompously promised us dupes during the campaign.  I won't hold my breath though.  I would suffocate long before even ONE of those requirements was met.

peddling-fiction's picture

Terminated?

Removed from Office? In pieces?

Trump's signature looks like barbed wire.

Graphologists would have sharp things to say.

Sir Edge's picture

....

Okay... Let's See... Hmm... YES !... FREAKING YES... and Who Is Next... ?

.......how about McMasters & Kushner & Ivanka (Be Gentle-LOL) & Cohn & Mnuchin & Congress n' Senate... 

SWRichmond's picture

Nothing yet on FBI website about Comey getting fired...

BaBaBouy's picture

KUDOS THUMP !!!

Best Move So FAR In His Reign...

BaBaBouy's picture

The ONE THING Thump Is An Expert At...

"Your Fired"

blueberry100's picture

Do thay have FBI food stamps?

HowdyDoody's picture

100 steps back, 1 step forward.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

 

Shortly after the news broke, Former President Barack Obama's White House photographer Pete Souza posted a photo on his Instagram page which included James Comey, and captioned "Every person in this photograph is a parrot."

Typo fixed.

Creepy_Azz_Crackaah's picture

So now Hillary(!) feels vindicated. After all, she "lost becasue of Comey." And "unprecedented Russian interference." And "misogyny." And all of those damn "deplorable" people. And...

FIAT CON's picture

So on one hand, Hitlery should be happy that Comey got fired, on the other she should be looking at make up that matches the color orange.

 

AltRight Girl's picture

Send his ass to Guantanamo.

Wait, Guantanamo might be too cozy for him.

Better send him to MEXICO:

Mexico is Now Second Deadliest Conflict Zone after Syria


philipat's picture

But, But, but....he said we were stuck with him for another 6 years. Can't trust anything he says?

Manthong's picture

That POS McCabe needs to be terminated immediately, too.

He’s the one with the wife who took hundreds of $K from the POS McAuliffe

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/10/24/wsj-terry-mcauliffe-fbi-jill-mccabe-clinton-emails/

He’s dirty too.

edit:

 

I gay-ron-tee it has not been a very restful night for Abedin, Weiner, Rice, Hillary and that whole evil clan.

 

 

Crash Overide's picture

Edward Snowden... "Set aside politics: every American should condemn such political interference in the Bureau's work."

What the actual fuck Eddy? Although I can't find any intent that you actually meant that.

Ace Ventura's picture

Yeah that one kinda perplexes me. Why exactly is Snowden chiming in on behalf of a blatantly corrupt slimebag like Comey? Is it because he thinks Trump is 'getting even'? C'mon Ed, if it were JUST that, Comey would have been fired two months ago. And the FBI director is a POTUS appointment, so as far as I can tell he can be relieved of duty by POTUS.

And politics is just the dressing on this deeply rotten salad. The 'bureau' is NOT doing its work, because Comey and like-minded executives in the agency are suppressing such efforts by any true believers within. Ed, you don't seriously believe the FBI is working to 'protect the average guy/gal' do you?

C'MON, MAANNNN!!

DeplorableAndy's picture

Sure, if you want to hang out on the west coast of Mexico. Meanwhile, on the Yucatan coast, I sleep regularly all night long in a hammock strung between two palm trees in my front yard.

J Jason Djfmam's picture

Ironically, Orange is the new President.

Zorba's idea's picture

Thank you Shemp! Comey wanna cracker? Bye bye cockroach..

drendebe10's picture

The turd has its back to the camera in that photo op. Fukda illegal Indonesian kenyan alien muslim fudgepacker imbecile.

Oliver Klozoff's picture

"Former President Barack Obama's White House photographer Pete Souza posted a photo on his Instagram page which included James Comey"

They're probably discussing which federal judge they have the goods on to issue a ruling blocking his firing.

 

Antifaschistische's picture

oh, unfortunately, he'll probably get a 20 million dollar book deal, and speaking engagements out the rear.  he will never need foodstamps.

Trump did the country a favor...but Comey will make out big....if he ever gets over the humiliation.

Giant Meteor's picture

I posted similar over on the other Comey thread. Of course pointing this out, kinda ruins the celebratory mood. I'm afraid I took it too far, 5 edits later, imagining out loud, all the great things he can do to make bank. No small list. Now sure, he could of course go home quietly, enter into obscurity, never to be seen or heard from again, a mere footnote in history.

That's not usually how it's done these days, but heh, it could happen.

Truth is, had he been doing the right thing ... at the very least he should have fired himself, again, had he been doing the right thing. So this pretty much tells me, we ain't by far heard or seen, the last of Mr. Comey .. ,

edit; As an aside, I do not believe "humiliation" is going to be a problem for him ..

jcaz's picture

Comey already had money.  He took this gig for the prestige;

This was the ULTIMATE "fuck you" for Comey- being fired by messenger.

He's balled up in a corner in tears right now....

Giant Meteor's picture

Hyperbole. I am fan of it too sometimes, hell even have been known to engage in it from time to time myself. So I'll go the other way, and say he is more likely pacing the floor like caged animal, plotting his revenge.

Like most other things, we shall see eh ?

One thing is for sure, the agency, like most all others, having lost some serious credibility, well no matter, I'm sure the machine will struggle on forward without him, some how they'll muddle through ...

Al Gophilia's picture

Will he flip-flop on this decision as well?

Not Too Important's picture

Not so fast. The British say firing Comey is to protect Huma, thereby protecting Hillary and Obama:

'BREAKING NEWS: Trump FIRES FBI Director James Comey after he misled the Senate on Huma's emails to Weiner'

"Donald Trump has dramatically fired the FBI Director after he misled the Senate by claiming Huma Abedin sent classified emails to Anthony Weiner"

"President Donald Trump sensationally fired FBI Director James Comey, says after he provided false testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee about classified emails from Huma Abedin found on Anthony Weiner's computer."

"Recommendation: Attorney General Jeff Sessions told the presiudent it was time for Comey to go after his evidence that Huma Abedin forwarded hundreds or thousands of emails to her husband Anthony Weiner, some of them classified, was wrong"

"The FBI chief told the Senate Judiciary Committee that Abedin had made 'a regular practice' of forwarding 'hundreds and thousands' of Clinton-related emails to Weiner , 'some of which contain classified information'. But he was wrong - and is now being fired"

"The letter is the latest twist in the astonishing chain of events set off by Hillary Clinton deciding to use a private server while she was Secretary of State.

Last week Comey was questioned under oath about why he had written a letter to members of Congress at the end of October revealing a renewed investigation into Clinton's handling of classified emails. 

In his sworn testimony, Comey told senators that Huma Abedin, a former top Hillary Clinton aide and Weiner's estranged wife, made 'a regular practice' of forwarding 'hundreds and thousands' of emails to her husband Anthony Weiner, 'some of which contain classified information.'

But the Justice Department sent the Judiciary Committee a letter late on Tuesday acknowledging that Comey's statement was inaccurate."

"Testifying about the Clinton email controversy, Comey told Senators his agents uncovered 'hundreds of thousands' of emails on the laptop of disgraced ex-Rep. Weiner that Abedin has forwarded her now-estranged husband so he could print them out for her.

But he - fatally - misspoke. 

Gregory A. Brower, the FBI's assistant director in the Office of Congressional Affairs, wrote to the Judiciary Committee Tuesday afternoon to 'clarify' Comey's testimony about Abedin's role in allowing classified material to find its way to her husband's computer.

Most of the 'hundreds and thousands' of emails, Brower wrote, were there as a result of backups of other devices – and not manually sent by Abedin.

Only 'two e-mail chains containing classified information were manually forwarded to Mr. Weiner's account,' he wrote.

Ten additional chains contained classified material – all part of device backups – and 'all twelve' had already been reviewed by the FBI."

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4489966/Trump-fires-James-Comey-...

It sure sounds to me like this is to prevent any further investigation into the data on Weiner's laptop, and how it got there.

Did Donald take one for the (((team)))?

And/or, was it a distraction from the unfolding disaster at Hanford, which may lead people to the massive disaster at the West Lake Landfill nuclear fire in St. Louis, a nuclear fire that will burn for centuries and contaminate the entirety of the mid-West and Eastern Seaboard with thousands of tons of nuclear waste?

Curious timing.

WillyGroper's picture

the devil is always in the details.

emails weren't forwarded, it was an enterprise sync via BB.

it's the meta data.

see my post below w/GW.

jeffglobal's picture

metadata, like in the header of the fake barry soetoro birth certificate pdf, that showed Michele Obama authored it!

Damn you, metadata!

AldousHuxley's picture

huma emails are just an excuse.

Trump mad that investigation of his campaign with ties to Russia is ongoing while no publically confirming that Trump is wrong on Obama wiretaps

 

But then NSA director LIED to Congress and NOTHING happened. Intelligence Community is ABOVE THE LAW and ABOVE CONGRESS. because they support fake wars (ie. Iraq) without Congressional approval.

Count Ayjin de le Verage's picture

 

Bravo!  President Trump is fearless! 

 

Comey should have been pinkslipped on January 21st, 2017. 

 

Let the Hillary Clinto-Huma Abedin-Anthony Weiner, GIANT, CONFIDENTIAL email cache fallout continue!

 

Raincheck03's picture

Fearless? Fired the guy while he was in CA. Sounds like a chicken shit to me.

Raincheck03's picture

Yep, nothin but thumbs down. The guy's always hiding behind someone/something. Keep eating your big magnificent pieces of chocolate cake.... too funny...

Count Ayjin de le Verage's picture

 

Trump is fearless in the face of profound One-worlder persecution vis-a-vis the slanted media bias of the "mainstream" news outlets.

 

Terminating Comey in the way Trump did was a well-earned sophmoric punch to the Comey testicles. Long overdue.

 

"Chicken-shit" would be to keep being bentover by the neocon/commie crowd.

 

Hail to the Chief!  Because the Chief is to be hailed!

 

J Jason Djfmam's picture

He should have used a volley of cruise missiles to terminate Comey.

AndSoItBegins's picture

The entire russian story was created out of thin air. As alinsky says, accuse them of whatt you are doing. Ask podesta how he so coincidentally got such a well paid job with a russian company with ties to putin immediately after hiliiarts loss. Ask hilliary about all the donations from russia and bill about his speaking fees. The arrogance of lynch and clinton on the tarmac. The great big  trump/russia distraction designed to keep the noise level high amongst the distracted peasants so hilliary and her gang can regroup.

And comey was their protector. He was playing into his own ego as shown with his audacity of testifying before the senate with a list of illegal acts perpetrated by the clinton gang and then state that no prosecutor would move forward because there was no intent. Bs. Why did they all need immunity?

How many people out of stupidity, naivete, or with evil motives are in prison for  doing less than hilliary. Intent has nothing to do with the law. Hilliary is nothing but motivated by intent to rip off, lie, cheat, steal, sell state secrets and favors.

Comey thought he was too big and powerfull to be taken down. Its going to get real interesting when the rule of law applies to the powerful and connected as it does to us plebes.

Thank you, Mr. President. You are returning us to a great nation again, based on our founding principles. All the people gasping about how trump is acting like a dictaor are absolutely clueless about how this country was designed to operate  after the previous presidents reign. 

FIAT CON's picture

How the heck do you think that firing Comey will stop the investigations into Weiner?

 If anything i would expect the opposite. After all, he is the one who interviewed Hitlery and her corrupt clan all together and gave immunity to all of them.

If it wasn't fore the NYPD finding Weiners computer this would have all been water under the bridge.

Comey also recommended to Lorretta Lynch that no charges should be laid.

 Check out George Webb on youtube he is uncovering some great stuff about corruption with Hitlrery and all of her clan.

Not Too Important's picture

I hope the Brits are wrong, but it'll be easy to determine how this goes.

No 'immunity' was granted to Hillary or Obama, and IIRC, the rest were given 'limited immunity'. Such as, testify or else.

Either indictments are handed down across the board, or not. There's no gray area here. And 'intent' has nothing to do with it.

Giant Meteor's picture

Christ someone, maybe a whole lot of someones, need under bus throwing. Overdue, well hell yes. It does make one wonder this "delay of game., in essentially every fooking thing ...

I always assume, beyond what is stated, there are of course dark under currents, blowback, black swans and various snakes in the grass, vipers, waiting for opportunity. Also interesting of note, and admittedly haven't caught up to the "news" today, who is floated, or his actual replacement will be, if in fact it isn't up there already, in the piece, whch I have not read ..

MarkTwain00's picture

They also say the Earth is flat on youtube, just sayin....