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."