Trump fires FBI Director James Comey

L-R: Hillary Clinton, FBI Director James Comey | AP file photos, St. George News

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (AP) — President Donald Trump abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey Tuesday, saying it was necessary to restore “public trust and confidence” in the nation’s top law enforcement agency following several tumultuous months.

“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,” Trump said in a statement.

FILE- In this May 3, 2017, file photo, FBI Director James Comey listens on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Donald Trump has fired Comey. In a statement on Tuesday, May 9, Trump says Comey’s firing “will mark a new beginning” for the FBI. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Read more:  Trump’s letter to FBI Director James Comey.

The White House said the search for a new FBI director was beginning immediately.

The White House made the stunning announcement shortly after the FBI corrected a sentence in Comey’s sworn testimony on Capitol Hill last week. Comey told lawmakers that Huma Abedin, a top aide to Hillary Clinton, had sent “hundreds and thousands” of emails to her husband’s laptop, including some with classified information.

On Tuesday, the FBI said in a two-page letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee that only “a small number” of the thousands of emails found on the laptop had been forwarded there while most had simply been backed up from electronic devices.

Most of the email chains on the laptop containing classified information were not the result of forwarding, the FBI said.

Comey, 56, was nominated by President Barack Obama for the FBI post in 2013 to a 10-year term. Praised for his independence and integrity, Comey has spent three decades in law enforcement and has been no stranger to controversy.

The following is the complete text of a statement provided to media by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer:

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary

May 09, 2017

Statement from the Press Secretary

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.

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9 Comments

  • utahdiablo May 9, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    As Hillary would say “What difference des it make”?….You’ll soon find out Hillary, you and Huma, and Loretta and all the rest better stock up on Depends…

  • wilbur May 10, 2017 at 8:40 am

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    Hopefully the Shildabeast will go back into the woods, and stay there.

  • theone May 10, 2017 at 9:51 am

    Trump can’t make the investigation go away by this ridiculous move, his impeachment will happen regardless and if we’re lucky he’ll do some jail time.
    Our government is nothing but a joke anymore.

    • ladybugavenger May 10, 2017 at 12:40 pm

      Thanks for waking up Theone. Government has always been a joke. I’ll give credit to Trump opening your eyes ?

      • theone May 10, 2017 at 2:40 pm

        What makes you think I needed waking up?

        • ladybugavenger May 10, 2017 at 4:51 pm

          It’s simple, this is what made me think that theone, “our government is nothing but a joke anymore” the word anymore, as if, it wasn’t already.

          • theone May 11, 2017 at 10:13 am

            I’ve actually thought it’s a joke ever since Reagan was Prez. The delusional alt. right and their theocracy leanings have made us look stupid for decades now. The left is a joke for letting it happen.

          • ladybugavenger May 11, 2017 at 2:38 pm

            Oh ok. Lol….left/right it’s all non sense, everyone thinks they are right lol……it appears Reagan was a respected and loved man and President. One thing that that the Ford/Reagan administration did with all good intentions was the war on drugs, but it’s been 30+ years and that war has been lost.

  • 42214 May 10, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    I’d like to see 2 special prosecutors appointed. One to investigate the Trump/Russian collussion allegations and one to re-investigate Hillary’s emails. I’d bet Hillary would end up in jail long before Trump.

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