FBI Director James Comey is the latest casualty of the Trump administration. Under the recommendation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, President Trump terminated and removed Comey from office on Tuesday. The move has many concerned, because Comey was overseeing an investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 elections and possible ties to the Trump campaign.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in his memorandum to Sessions that the decision was made because of Comey's announcement that the FBI was not recommending any charges against Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton after reopening her email investigation back in July 2016. It read in part:
"The Director was wrong to usurp the Attorney General's authority on July 5, 2016, and announce his conclusion that the case should be closed without prosecution. It is not the function of the Director to make such an announcement. At most, the Director should have said the FBI had completed its investigation and presented its findings to federal prosecutors."
President Donald Trump took to Twitter last week to say that he believed Clinton was given a "free pass."
FBI Director Comey was the best thing that ever happened to Hillary Clinton in that he gave her a free pass for many bad deeds! The phony...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 3, 2017
...Trump/Russia story was an excuse used by the Democrats as justification for losing the election. Perhaps Trump just ran a great campaign?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 3, 2017
As you can imagine, Twitter had mixed feelings about the decision. Comey made enemies on all sides after he reopened Clinton's email investigation and then close it within days, recommending that no charges be pursued. But many opponents of President Trump believe that the firing may have something to do with Comey's Russia investigation.
Wow.— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) May 9, 2017
While he is under criminal investigation by the FBI, Donald Trump just fired the Director of the FBI, James Comey.
Donald Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey raises serious questions about what his administration is hiding.— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) May 9, 2017
Comey becomes only the second FBI to be removed by the president since 1972— Tim Mak (@timkmak) May 9, 2017
And as Comey was being fired, he whispered a defeated "But... her emails..." as a last attempt to prove his worth.— Anne T. Donahue (@annetdonahue) May 9, 2017
DOJ source told me Comey has flair for the dramatic & radical transparency but he's a stand-up guy. What if Comey being set up to be fired?— Andrea Chalupa (@AndreaChalupa) May 9, 2017
The left wanted James Comey fired right up until Trump fired him. Now they're screaming cover up.— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) May 9, 2017
Let's see what happens in coming days.