Trump fires FBI director James Comey

Late this afternoon, President Trump did something he should have done a long time ago — fire FBI director James Comey.

The New York Post reports that the reason given is Comey’s mishandling of the FBI’s probe into Hillary Clinton’s private email server.
In 2013, Comey was nominated by Obama to a 10-year term as FBI director.
Trump issued a statement, saying the FBI needed fresh leadership:

“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.”

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein wrote in a memo explaining Comey’s dismissal:

“The FBI’s reputation and credibility have suffered substantial damage, and it has affected the entire Department of Justice. I cannot defend the director’s handling of the conclusion of the investigation of Secretary Clinton’s emails, and I do not understand his refusal to accept the nearly universal judgment that he was mistaken. Almost everyone agrees that the director made serious mistakes; it is one of the few issues that unites people of diverse perspectives.’’

Trump acted based on the recommendations of both Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who wrote in a memo to the President:

“I have concluded that a fresh start is needed at the leadership of the FBI. I must recommend that you remove Director James B. Comey, Jr. and identify an experienced and qualified individual to lead the great men and women of the FBI.’’

Trump also sent a letter breaking the news to Comey:

“I received the attached letters from the attorney general and deputy attorney general recommending your dismissal as the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. I have accepted their recommendation and you are hereby terminated and removed from office effective immediately.”

Trump then expressed his appreciation to Comey for telling him he was not the target of an FBI investigation:

“While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the bureau. It is essential that we find new leadership for the FBI that restores public trust and confidence in its vital law enforcement mission.”

He then wished Comey “the best of luck in your future endeavors.”
Meanwhile, the FBI’s investigation of possible ties between Russia and the Trump campaign and administration will continue.

Update (May 10, 2017):

Investigative journalist Charles C. Johnson says according to “sources close to the White House,” Trump fired Comey to send a message to that POS, Sen. John McCain:

  • Earlier this year, McCain went after Trump with widely discredited opposition research (the made-up intelligence dossier that Trump hired Russian hookers to pee on a hotel bed) that he immediately shared with Comey, his longtime friend.
  • McCain has been working with Comey to undermine Trump since Trump was elected.
  • McCain has used his position as chairman on the U.S. Senate Armed Services to veto Trump’s national defense picks.
  • McCain was keeping alive the faux Russia investigation to hurt Trump.

It is noteworthy that Trump deliberately kept Reince Priebus and Sean Spicer in the dark to keep them from leaking the impending firing of Comey — which suggests Trump suspects Priebus and Spicer of being leakers.
~Eowyn

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MomOfIV
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MomOfIV

“James Comey, you are FIRED!”

Alma
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Alma

That’s the best kicked ass of the century, hurraaaayyyyy!

Alma
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Alma

Let’s get the ball rolling, Killary Rotten Clinton straight to jail.

Christian Zionist
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Thank God and Greyhound he’s gone…

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Good.comment image

EdK
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EdK

All I want to know is what took so damn long? When Comey said no prosecutor would take the Clinton email case I talked to my lawyer buddy and he said that is complete b.s. Prosecutor’s wait their entire career for a high profile case such as this one. Win or lose they will courted by a large law firm and cash in. Or they can use the publicity to further their own political aspirations as most prosecutor’s are political animals.

Steven Broiles
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Sure took him long enough! I’m growing a beard over here!
Now, onto business: Nominate Trey Gowdy and LOCK HILLARY UP!!!

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

Steven . . . I am with you on the “nominate Trey Gowdy” theme. He is really the greatest. I do not believe that he would take any BS from anyone, least of all either Slick Willie, or Killary.

truckjunkie
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truckjunkie

I was also thinking of David Clark and maybe Ted Nugent.

Anonymous
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Marianne Vinz
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Marianne Vinz

This news is welcomed however the nagging question re: Trump,.. why has he filled his cabinet as well as other high profile positions with Goldman-Sachs people, the very ones Hillary Clinton ran with,,and why is his son-in-law ,Jared who is a liberal and from wealthy NY real estate family very familiar with Soros, given so much power in a “drain the swamp” administration? It seems the “swamp” is simply being refilled with the same creatures.? I voted Trump but at the same time had some nagging suspicions and still do.What is really going on? Are we all being fooled, tricked… Read more »

Dan
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Dan

Why do you say you have nagging suspicions about what’s going on right after you accurately summarize what is so clearly going on? What’s nagging at you, me, and the rest of us at this point isn’t suspicion, but the vanishingly remote hope that somehow this can’t be true.

Jack
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Jack

Very accurate observation, but here is what I think is going on: olOne can not simply drain the swamp. The swamp is more powerful than we are. The swamp has been around far longer than we have existed. Many who fight the swamp don’t know they are working for the swamp. Trump is just a tiny little creature that is being sunk into the swamp as we speak. The swamp sees a lot more and knows a lot more than you and I. The swamp fights both sides of the war and ends up getting stronger. The swamp decides when… Read more »

DCG
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Libs were furious with Comey for what he did to Hillary in helping her lose the election. Now they are furious with Trump for getting rid of Comey. There is just no pleasing the proggies…

Glenn47
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Glenn47

Well done Trump. It was long overdue, but I think it was delayed because an immediate firing would look like he agreed with Clinton that Comey caused her loss. Time prove Trump correct, he hung himself with his actions and statements. He become empowered and overplayed but still brought shame to the dept. with his faux investigation, he laid out the reason Clinton was not fit and should be prosecuted, then refused to send his recommendation to the AG. He did America wrong. He was becoming toxic. He profited nicely over the years with his connection to the Clintons. He… Read more »

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

Glenn47 . . . Once again you have “nailed it.” I agree with everything you have written, particularly the fact that Comey . . . . “He was becoming toxic.” Our nation deserves better than aa hack like this.

Glenn47
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Glenn47

Thank you Auntie, six months ago the dems were screaming their loss of trust in him and wanted him fired, now listen to the dem crying bad timing, Actually, the timing was excellent, he was out of DC and away from cameras and microphones. The dems are crying because he was investigating Trump and Russia, but say nothing about Clinton selling our Uranium to Russia and the foundation profited. Where is that investigation? I think the dems will harp on this for weeks as a deflection on what should be investigated. Like Obama personally sabatouging the election telling illegals to… Read more »

PeaceFrog
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I believe that Comey’s adviser, Daniel C. Richman, is a government spy using his professorship at Columbia Law School as a cover. Richman was a professor of mine at Fordham Law School and I believe that he was key to the government’s infiltration and manipulation of my law school curriculum, etc. He is an unscrupulous sophist, and I am certain that Comey, who never practiced law, was spoon fed his entire speech about “nothing is completely private, not even our thoughts” by Richman. Richman was also on Bloomberg’s commission on Probation and conditional release. These days probation and conditional release… Read more »

Dan
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Dan

How was Richman an unscrupulous sophist and what makes you believe he’s a gov spy? It sounds like you have some very important background info that bears on Comey’s appointment and whose interests he ran the Bureau for. For example, I know nothing about Richman but would take his appointment to any commission by Bloomberg as a prima facie case of collusion to advance ethnic interests–the unmentionable elephant in the room of American politics at every level. On the other hand, in view of Comey’s intelligence and stature, I wouldn’t necessarily rule out the possibility that the NY cabal is… Read more »

Rocky
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Rocky

About time. He outlines a compelling case against her then lets her off the hook. Then plays nice with Lynch after her airport “grandkids” talk with horny Bill. Recommended by the DOJ, this move was a no brainer.

TrailDust
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TrailDust

This is just a guess. What if the reason Hillary and Huma are not in jail is Comey’s blocking action. For instance, why is Susan Rice free to walk around?!!! With Comey out of the way, let’s watch and see if some obvious people find themselves in court for treason. (wishful thinking, by hard to resist)

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

TD . . . It doesn’t hurt to indulge in some “wishful thinking” from time to time. I certainly hope that some of the “usual suspects” find their butts in the grinder so to speak! We will just have to see how this plays out, but I view this move and the beginning of something G-R-E-A-T !!!!!!!

Glenn47
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Glenn47

Trail, from your lips to God’s ears I think there about 6-8 that should be wearing orange right now.
This will take forever for Sessions to get all this done, there are so many to choose from.

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

Glenn47 . . . I just hope that Sessions has really, really good people he can delegate work to. I certainly agree there are 6-8 of Washington’s elite that need to be in the big house . . . cleaning toilets, washing laundry, working in the kitchen . . . and I’m not talking about a “country club” facility for them. They need to be doing “hard time” with the rest of the hardened criminals, of which they are one with.

Dan
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Dan

Why are Bush, Cheney et al, Israelis, and the MSM implicated in 911 and its coverup still walking around when the FBI has enough evidence to turn them over for prosecution? Nine-eleven and the subsequent gwot run deeper than the Hillary scandals, dwarf them by an order of magnitude, and involve the deaths of millions in the ME as well as tens of thousands of Americans who died not only that day but were exposed to the metallic nano-spherical iron nodules and other lethal toxins in the dust and are dying by the thousands from the exposure. The FBI is… Read more »

Waco Bob
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Waco Bob

Comey created a special judicial category for the Clintons and their posse. He is a disgrace to the nation.

John Molloy
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John Molloy

Good riddance. We got rid of that lying saclk of effluence who was a
disgrace to the FBI.

Maryaha
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Did he really believe he was just going to keep on keeping on? He couldn’t even keep track of his own lies any more. He had certainly hit rock bottom and started to dig. He covered for Hillary and Obama like his life depended on it, and it probably did. But Hillary will still cut his nuts off!

CalGirl
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Farewell. Adios. Adieu. Blah Blah SO GLAD to see the last of this guy who tried so hard (in defense of his job) in the glare of the public to straddle two sides of the line between truth/virture and lies/evil. He could NOT step up to tell the truth, popular or not with factions of our voting public….AND, could not step up or dig out Hillary’s agenda & “report it” nationwide…. among other myriad failings………..Hope he goes straight to amateur hour radio or equivalent.

Glenn47
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Glenn47

You cannot stand before God and the world and explain all the transgressions Clinton committed, then suddenly do a U turn and walk away dusting your hands off like you just completed the biggest job of your career.
Dereliction of duty comes to mind. His career demise was long overdue.
He will be fine with his two massive mansions and the money he made being the Clinton lapdog.

Marrakech
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its a sign that the FBI has failed in lot of researches

Morocco Desert Tours
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trump is a very moody person , i hope that he will not make wrong steps that a new war will begin soon .

YouKnowWho
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YouKnowWho

shudda been day one. can’t trust him. he shudda quit the minute loretta lynch made the deal w/ bubba clinton to not prosecute hitliary.

Josh
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Josh

I fear he will be replaced by Comey’s understudy, Andrew McCabe, and he is as bad as his boss as he saw all that went on and knows how dirty killary and the 0bamaregime are. So it will look like conservatives won a victory, but it really is more of the same cfr/nwo personages that replace all trumps other picks.

ManCavePatriot
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ManCavePatriot

If I were Andrew McCabe, I’d be updating my resume, or retaining a good defense lawyer. [or both]

ManCavePatriot
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ManCavePatriot

I’m sure President Trump, who knows a thing or two about commercial properties, is not concerned about James Comey’s future because he can write his own ticket in the field of hotel security [eavesdropping] and housecleaning [ for years he cleaned up after Obama and Hillary].

Dave
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Dave

The only thing wrong with Trump canning Comey is that he waited so long to do it.
And I think the commie-libs (who have been calling for Comey’s head since the election) are upset because the next FBI HMFWIC might just go after Broom Hilda and Ogooma the Kenyan witch doctor in earnest.

Disgusted
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Disgusted

Some interesting comments on the firing of Comey by LE
https://secondcitycop.blogspot.com/?m=1
See: “feeble feeb fired” and associated comments. May have to scroll down or back a page.
Pretty honest blog on Chicago corruption. They can spot corrupt officials just about anywhere, considering they live and work in a sea of it. Good bookmark.

Disgusted
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Disgusted

More light reading on Comey’s departure
https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-05-10/james-comey-releases-farewell-letter
There continue to be interesting nuggets of insight throughout many stories in comments sections. Lots of chaff to sift through, but occasionally diamonds are found. In Comey’s case, I’d bet more than a few frustrated agents in the bureau are dropping farewell presents. The most notable was FBIAnon on reddit (or maybe 4chan) but there are others with stories of corruption to tell. With Comey gone, fear of retribution just dropped a bunch.

TPR
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TPR

So long Comey; go hang with your homeys-in-crime. “It is noteworthy that Trump deliberately kept Reince Priebus and Sean Spicer in the dark to keep them from leaking the impending firing of Comey — which suggests Trump suspects Priebus and Spicer of being leakers.” That nugget is almost bigger than the Comey firing! I didn’t know Spicer was a bad guy, but Reince has been a shady/shifter for a long time. I saw a negative headline or tweet that Spicer was irritated & short in one of his press briefings. If he was left in the dark about Comey, he… Read more »

filia.aurea
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It appears McShame hasn’t heeded the Comey warning shot. He and Sasse have penned a letter stating their intent to vote against Lighthizer’s nomination.

cogitoergosumantra
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I think Lynch lynched Comey. She told him he could NOT prosecute Hillary. But I think he was also out of line going against Ashcroft while The AG (under Bush 2) was in the hospital and being prodded to endorse the Patriot Act provisions (according to Ashcroft’s book). Anyway. Why wait until now? It looks like Nixon firing special prosecutor Archibald Cox just as he was getting ready to investigate old Tricky Dicky and Watergate… Yet the hearings this week (Clapper and Yates) ended up showing there didn’t appear to be any feeling of collusion between Trump or his people… Read more »

Glenn47
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Glenn47

Thank you for the update. MCCain is one of the worse he needs to be shown the door and fast. We have figured it out since the beginning he was sabatouging Trump. Reince’s name keeps coming up and that is worrisome.
But, Spicer’s name caught me off guard.

CP
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CP

This is beyond damning…
Declassified memos show FBI illegally shared spy data on Americans with private parties
https://circa.com/politics/declassified-memos-show-fbi-illegally-shared-spy-data-on-americans-with-private-parties

CP
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CP

Dropping the Hammer on Comey… Brilliant!
https://stateofthenation2012.com/?p=72788