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.Welp.
"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.
Just to be clear: In the middle of an FBI investigation of this administration for Russian collusion, the president has fired the FBI Director.
I am no fan of Comey, to put it mildly, but that is fucked up. And it gets even more fucked up when you see Trump's skedaddle letter to Comey:
COMEY PINK SLIP pic.twitter.com/1C0Z58HotK— Shannon Pettypiece (@spettypi) May 9, 2017
In case you can't view the image embedded in the tweet, Trump's letter to Comey explains that the AG and Deputy AG have recommended his dismissal, and then goes on to say: "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."
Yeah hahaha somehow I don't think that shitcanning Comey now and installing a loyalist to head the FBI is going to restore public trust and confidence.
This is Nixonian. And then some.