Source close to Comey: 2 reasons Federal Bureau of Investigation director was sacked

Cheryl Sanders
May 11, 2017

Donald Trump sent a shockwave through Washington by firing James Comey, the FBI's powerful director since 2013 who played an outsized role in American politics during and after the United States election. "We will keep working, obviously, but this could do some real damage", said one top agent.

Clinton has said that the Comey decision to announce the renewed inquiry days before the election was a likely factor in her loss to Trump.

But Democrats have accused the White House of firing Mr Comey over the Trump-Russia investigation and have demanded the appointment of a special prosecutor. Comey told the Senate Judiciary Committee that the FBI was investigating Trump, and he also asked the White House for more money to spend on the Russian Federation investigation.

It was unclear whether word of the Comey request, put to deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, ever made its way to Trump.

McQuade questions why Trump administration officials didn't fire Comey after the January 20 inauguration if they truly believed his handling of the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private email server was grounds for termination.

"I am troubled by the timing and reasoning of director Comey's termination", he said in a statement.

"Compounding the error, the director ignored another longstanding principle: we do not hold press conferences to release derogatory information about the subject of a declined criminal investigation". Later, she questioned what changed between Trump and Comey that lead to this decision.

I have long believed that a President can fire an FBI Director for any reason, or for no reason at all.

She reiterated, "There's no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation". When Trump said that he had some concerns about Comey, Rosenstein said that he did, too, the official said.

Yates, of course, was also fired-though the reason given was her refusal to defend the president's travel ban-as were all the nation's U.S. Attorneys, although presidents often replace district attorneys when assuming power.

The political website reported that the letters from Rosenstein and Sessions were written to provide a rationale for doing so.

"I think it has been an erosion of confidence", White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

What about the Russian Federation probe? Richard Burr of North Carolina, chairman of the Senate Intelligence committee, which like the FBI is investigating Russian ties to the Trump campaign and meddling in the 2016 election.

Asked what changed recently about Trump's confidence in Comey, Sanders partly cited a correction that had to be issued to testimony that the Federal Bureau of Investigation director gave in a congressional hearing last week.

The justice department could appoint a special counsel. Jack Eckenrode, a former special agent in charge of the FBI's Philadelphia division, said the administration "will be hard-pressed to find someone who possesses his unique combination of personal qualities as well as his respect for the rule of law". She also added that the president has encouraged the House and Senate committees to continue probing as well. Other alternatives for an independent investigation require congressional approval and, while Democrats are threatening to introduce legislation, a shot at success appears challenging.

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