James Comey Releases Farewell Letter, After Calling Trump "Crazy"

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Taking the generous way out, former FBI Director James Comey sent a farewell letter on Wednesday to friends and agents, in which he notes he does not bear a grudge and notes that "a President can fire an FBI Director for any reason, or for no reason at all" and adds that "I'm not going to spend time on the decision or the way it was executed. I hope you won't either. It is done, and I will be fine, although I will miss you and the mission deeply."

Comey urges the FBI, which he described as "a rock of competence, honesty, and independence" to continue its “mission of protecting the American people and upholding the Constitution”  and concludes by saying that his "hope is that you will continue to live our values and the mission of protecting the American people and upholding the Constitution. Working with you has been one of the great joys of my life. Thank you for that gift."

Full letter below, via CNN:

To all:


I have long believed that a President can fire an FBI Director for any reason, or for no reason at all. I'm not going to spend time on the decision or the way it was executed. I hope you won't either. It is done, and I will be fine, although I will miss you and the mission deeply.


I have said to you before that, in times of turbulence, the American people should see the FBI as a rock of competence, honesty, and independence. What makes leaving the FBI hard is the nature and quality of its people, who together make it that rock for America.


It is very hard to leave a group of people who are committed only to doing the right thing. My hope is that you will continue to live our values and the mission of protecting the American people and upholding the Constitution.


If you do that, you too will be sad when you leave, and the American people will be safer.


Working with you has been one of the great joys of my life. Thank you for that gift.


Jim Comey

That's the good FBI cop. The bad cop emerged in a NYT report on the last days of Comey. Some details:

By the end, neither of them thought much of the other. After President Trump accused his predecessor in March of wiretapping him, James B. Comey, the F.B.I. director, was flabbergasted. The president, Mr. Comey told associates, was “outside the realm of normal,” even “crazy.”


For his part, Mr. Trump fumed when Mr. Comey publicly dismissed the sensational wiretapping claim. In the weeks that followed, he grew angrier and began talking about firing Mr. Comey. After stewing last weekend while watching Sunday talk shows at his New Jersey golf resort, Mr. Trump decided it was time. There was “something wrong with” Mr. Comey, he told aides.


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Mr. Comey’s fate was sealed by his latest testimony about the bureau’s investigation into Russia’s efforts to sway the 2016 election and the Clinton email inquiry. Mr. Trump burned as he watched, convinced that Mr. Comey was grandstanding. He was particularly irked when Mr. Comey said he was “mildly nauseous” to think that his handling of the email case had influenced the election, which Mr. Trump took to demean his own role in history.  At that point, Mr. Trump began talking about firing him. He and his aides thought they had an opening because Mr. Comey gave an incorrect account of how Huma Abedin, a top adviser to Mrs. Clinton, transferred emails to her husband’s laptop, an account the F.B.I. later corrected. They also assumed that because Democrats were mad at Mrs. Clinton for recently blaming her loss on Mr. Comey, there might not be as much objection if the president fired him.

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silverer's picture

But you didn't do the right thing, Mr. Comey. You didn't refer your investigation to the Justice Department to prosecute Hillary Clinton. Why?

Bumpo's picture

We are all crying Schumer tears for your pathetic soul. Good Night, Mssr Comey

LetThemEatRand's picture

Total backhanded defense of Trump in the letter.  If he had any integrity he would not have said "let's not spend time talking about why this was improper" (paraphrasing).  He would have stopped at "the President can fire me for any reason or none at all."  

What a dick.

Whoa Dammit's picture

Comey's milking this shit for all he's worth. He's another one who won't just shut up and go away.

PrayingMantis's picture

... goodbye, good riddance and ...

... may the farce be with you ...


froze25's picture

Professional letter. See ya!, Don't let the door. .... Now who will the new director be? Will Podesta be investigated for pedophilia? Will Hillary be charged? Huma?

Life of Illusion's picture



Had his chance to "lock her up!"


Comey destroyed him self,,,,,,stop the blame,,,suck it up big boy 

Silver Swan's picture

Fuck off weasel Comey. Don't let the door hit you... yada yada

Keyser's picture

Comey preaching his bullshit all the way out the door... He turned the FBI into a partisan branch of the executive office, even after a regime change... Time to start digging into Comey's past and of course, his ties to Russia... 

Pinto Currency's picture

Comey - one corrupt and compromised son of a bitch.

WWII vets and survivors of other catastophes would just cast this political pussy aside.

petar's picture

Donald Trump speaking in Doral, FLorida: "Russia, I hope you can find Hillary's missing e-mails."

Then 7 members of his team were caught having the Russian connection.

This is not gonna go away with firing Comey. It only made it worse!

zhandax's picture

FFOAD asswipe. Why hasn’t anyone in 6 months been able to substantiate this 'Russian connection'? Not like every news douche in the country hasn't been looking.

AVmaster's picture

I chuckled a bit from the "constitution" part in the letter...


Buh Bye obama pet...

jeff montanye's picture

the live our values and protect the american people parts were pretty rich as well.

they do the bidding of their zionist and bankster masters.

sixteen years and 9-11 is still unbusted. the two investigations, nist and 9/11 commission report, are further evidence of guilt: the first, on bldg 7, expressly eliminated explosions as a cause from the get go.  the second, main one, was given less funding than the monica lewinsky checkout, and no one died there but a few million sperm.

after the greatest control fraud in the history of the world, trillions of dollars taken, thousands and thousands of people defrauded directly, hundreds of millions indirectly, not one ranking executive indicted much less convicted.  g. h. w. bush did a better job and he ran iran contra and helped kill kennedy. 

check out a real fbi agent: http://whowhatwhy.org/2016/09/16/former-fbi-whistleblower-calls-new-911-...

CharlesBronson's picture

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CK here he is, send him packing

blentus's picture

I am not an American, so please explain me something:

Why do you hate Russia so much, and why the fuck would it matter if politicians have connections with Russia?

It is ok if they have very close connections to Saudi Arabia and Israel, but somehow Russia is a bigger threat?

Why, exactly?

I mean, I can see (samples of) amount of shit you are exposed to in news every day and I can understand that you are brainwashed, but don't you ever question things?

I would rather see a world where US and Russia play central roles and keep others 'in line', than a world where Saudi Arabia and Israel play central roles and keep US 'in line'.

Giant Meteor's picture

THe "game" is to have ever present boogieman enemies to fight, as that is where the money, power, and corruption is, while attempting to throw off the scent, of the real trail, so that people in these power positions, hand maidens, and assorted sock puppets to the deep state, and so that the deep state itself, can continue the "game" in full.

James Comey? Who gives a shit about James Comey .. he is a SYMPTOM of the disease, not the disease itself. A two bit player, who has already fulfilled his usefulness. Hell even now, he is fulfilling his purpose. Obviously he has much company. It is master kabuki. These asshats get recycled, over and over and over again .. then, when they have finally done their worst, and their primary purpose having been achieved, maximum lift, then go on to write their "tell all" books, normally ghost written, so that everyone is treated with more bullshit, instead of thinking, heh, I do believe I've seen this act before ...

As I have stated repeatedly, Trump, the current POTUS, is metaphor, a perfect metaphor, of a nation gone off the rails of sanity. as was Clinton, Bush, Obama, Comey is another, so on an so forth .. The national lie, corruption, and bullshit is stacked so high, it's nigh impossible to see daylight. The shit show will continue, on and on, the devolution unabated, until such time, further events dictate the removal of all doubt. The nation cannot move forward, not at least until acknowledging, the WORST of the lies, ..

Unfortunately for the rest of the globe, you join us in this unseemly spectator sport ..

Hail Ceasar

Jessica6's picture

I do expect one consequence of this will be that any investigation into the classified email scandal will fall off the radar.

rrrr's picture

To blentus : The actions of the formal state do not represent the wishes of the entire population, but only of those who have not learned to think for themselves and who, instead, accept everything they are told at face value. The Christian religion plays a large role in this, because Jesus taught his followers to believe the same as little children. Little children believe without using judgement, because they do not possess the facility of judgement, therefore cannot do otherwise than believe everything they are told. So there is a large segment of the population in Western nations that consists of people who are physically mature adults but who are incapable of thinking for themselves, and these people accept without question everything the media or the government tells them. Or that their priests or preachers tell them. And of course priests and preachers are almost always in favor of the government. So, the very small fraction of the population that gets themselves elected to public office has its thumb on the population overall and manages to direct the nation's resources in whatever way they choose.

consider me gone's picture

Don't quit your day job for full time political analysis blogging.

General Admission's picture


I am not a politician.  I'm not anything but a working man.  To you and to all who would listen:  I don't hate you.  I don't hate Russians.  I will not hate Russians because my "government" wishes me to do so.  Most importantly:  Unless your country decides to attack me, I WILL NOT FIGHT WITH YOU because my "government" wishes me to do so.

I've only known a few Russians and, without exception, I liked all of them.  The ones I've known worked hard, played hard and took care of their families.

Most of the people on this site have their eyes open and do not believe the Fake News vilifying the Russian people.  Most of us also understand the entanglements presented by Saudi Arabia and Israel.

In parting, if we can resist the Fake News and refuse to hate Russians, please don't believe the same Fake News which insists the average American hates Russia.


petar's picture

Haha why would I hate Russia? I don't Hate anyone, or any country, or culture. 

44_shooter's picture

It's always cute to see retarded people post stuff here on zerohedge. Tell me, do you use a special keyboard or is it a regular one like everyone else has?

poeg's picture

Russian connection? Specificity? Your own NSA, CIA, FBI, JP etc... hasn't been able to turn up evidence of wrong doing but since you have, why not share your information with them and become a hero to your peers?

JRobby's picture

"My Momma She told me, these days would surely come

I wouldn't listen to her, had to have my fun"

buttmint's picture

...Comey will be Arkancided within 12-14 months. He knows too mutt!

AldousHuxley's picture

Comey is owned by military industrial complex......got $6M from Lockheed.

Bastiat's picture

None of these crooked assholes DARE to shut up an go away.

Kidbuck's picture

Any time someone brags that they or their FBI are "honest" they are not.

Giant Meteor's picture

Correct. It is no different than saying, "heh, I am a very humble person."

Well no, you just lost it ..

Honesty and humility, as a wise friend reminds me, are inextricably LINKED. One cannot have either, without the other.

I submit, where, in any discussion of James Comey, can one see "humility" and by default, honesty?

Who in the fuck, are these assholes attempting to kid ..

Never mind, don't answer that ..

jcaz's picture

Not hearing anyone within the FBI present or past coming forward to defend Comey;

Pretty much says it all.

fleur de lis's picture

Comey will

1) get a TV host or contributor media spot  

2) collect heaps of cash for speaking events

3) be forwarded heaps of cash for a book deal

4) get his own radio show

5) get a really cushy corporate job

Comey should really send Trump a thank you card



Blankone's picture

I expect so. And one of the reasons is because Trump waited way too long to ax Comey. It was clear during the election that Comey was always giving appearances of pursuing issues when he was just doing a dance. Even with Clinton during the election he backed of and basically cleared her (after talking tough to get credibility).

If Trump had fired him day one, as policy to get his person in that he trusted then Comey would have faded to the background. There were plenty of examples of lack of action or integrity during Obama to make it as painless as could be for Trump to fire him day one for lack of confidence.

(Not that I'm a Trump fan)

Giant Meteor's picture

People can dowvote you at will. People cannot see past their own bias, Fuck Comey, no problem with this deep stater being gone, but your commentary is the sad reality. People speak of humiliation, he is humiliated. This would presume a conscience. There is no conscience. There is sociopathy, and it effects the nation on the whole. Has effected the nation on the whole for a very long time.

The reality is, you are correct. These "people" do not PLAY this game to lose. And history shows, they do not "lose" at least not in the usual sense or meaning of that word .. 

High stakes Kabuki, nothing more, probably much less ..

jeff montanye's picture

affect but yes, sociopathy is the deep state.  they think they are patriots, some even of the u.s. (many of israel of course).

they don't play the game to lose but lose it they will.  they went too far with 9-11 and it will eventually be seen by a critical mass of the u.s. electorate as the mass murder/treason it was and is.  

like the zionists in israel, the whites looked pretty strong in south africa for many years, beat the british empire when that wasn't easy.

still they lost. eventually.

we need to decolonize the united states of america.


Giant Meteor's picture

Thanks for your response. I believe at some point you are correct. The nation cannot go forward in any meaningful way until past crimes are acknowledged and attoned for. Anything else is window dressing, and rearranging the deck chairs on the titanic.

Yes we are affected, as a nation, on the whole. It will of course be interesting to see who replaces Mr. Comey. These little reality tv shows, don't amount to much .. 

CharlesBronson's picture

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CK here he is, send him packing

how_this_stuff_works's picture

"Not hearing anyone within the FBI present or past coming forward to defend Comey;"

I heard last year his agents would pass him in the hall and not acknowledge him. Hard to maintain morale with that kind of "leadership."

Insatiant's picture

I know of FBI agents, second-hand, who are quite happy the "Comey Shit Show" is over, and are glad to get back to business.

JamesBond's picture

Let's all not lose sight of the fact (i.e. get distracted) that an economic depression is coming to the US.


shivura's picture

lock her up for what? trump lies, sessions lies, until you chant lock him up too, you just sound like another brainwashed idiot who thinks he's smart because he just drank a red bull or ... fuck it... zh is turning stupid again, the russians are back you idiot fucktwats

solomon_ru's picture

Can you please provide at least one piece of evidence or fact supporting your claim?

shivura's picture

what claim? that trump lies (obvs not needed). that sessions lies (that's why he recused himself and then lied about that and helped trump fire comey) or that the russians are back (you are russian and the pro trump bullshit went from everyone on this site seeing through his idiocy a week ago, to 100 upvotes per MAGA...but that's what you are paid that shiny worthless ruble to do, right? let me let you in on a secret and save your life: fucking a hot girl is worthless.

jeff montanye's picture

well the easy answer is the use of her personal, poorly secured, server to handle classified material.

but, imo, a better, more telling answer is her invasions, with obama, of syria, libya and ukraine (last more clandestine, but still).

it is for precisely these crimes that the allies hanged, poorly, a dozen nazis in nuremberg gymnasium at the conclusion of world war two.


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shivura's picture

wasn't arguing about hillary crimes, i was saying that anyone that just says hillary should go to jail and doesn't believe trump should be impeached for his crimes is not objective, and can't think straight.

blentus's picture

There is a Russian under every bed.

You should go see a doctor about that.