The Russian Usurper fires FBI Director Comey:
WHITE HOUSE STATEMENT ON COMEY pic.twitter.com/Ho3FH1guGW
— Shannon Pettypiece (@spettypi) May 9, 2017
It sounds like Trump fired him because he did not move to prosecute Hillary Clinton:
The White House released several documents after Comey’s firing. But perhaps the most shocking language came from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, in a memo to Attorney General Sessions dated Tuesday.
“The current FBI Director is an articulate and persuasive speaker about leadership and the immutable principles of the Department of Justice,” Rosenstein wrote. “He deserves our appreciation for his public service. As you and I have discussed, however, 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.”
Rosenstein continues to expand his case for Comey’s removal, adding indictment after indictment of Comey’s behavior in handling the email case publicly.
“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,” Rosenstein continued. “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. The director now defends his decision by asserting that he believed Attorney General Loretta Lynch had a conflict. But the FBI director is never empowered to supplant federal prosecutors and assume command of the Justice Department.”
Man, the Russian Usurper just cannot let go of Hillary.
” President Trump has catastrophically compromised the FBI’s ongoing investigation of his own White House’s ties to Russia,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) said in a statement. “Not since Watergate have our legal systems been so threatened, and our faith in the independence and integrity of those systems so shaken. The only way to restore faith in a non-political, non-partisan FBI is to appoint an independent special prosecutor.”
UPDATE 2: Vox has the firing letter up.
— ABC News (@ABC) May 9, 2017
Man, that’s just cold.