President Trump on May 9th fired the director of the F.B.I., James Comey, quickly removing the top official from office. It is believed that he was leading a criminal investigation into whether President Trump’s advisers worked with the Russian government rig the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. The recommendation to terminate Comey came from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
The president cited the termination due to the handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, which was the subject of strong criticism to Comey during the last election cycle. Director Comey violated longstanding Justice Department procedures and has damaged public faith in the agency. Comey has shown through his decisions a lack of leadership and integrity. His many missteps show he is not fit to be in charge of a federal agency.
President Trump said in his termination letter to Comey: “While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the bureau.” Firing Comey has nothing to do with the “possible Russian interference” in the last election but rather the handling of former Secretary Clinton’s private email server.
Comey has created a lack of trust from a bipartisan political spectrum. Clinton supporters are dumbfounded at the way he managed the investigation during the last election cycle and Republicans don’t trust him with they way he handled the outcome of the investigation. At no point in time should the public not have faith in the Justice Department or FBI leadership. This agencies motto is “Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity.” Integrity by definition is “the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.” Comey has shown that he does not follow the values established by his own agency.
The people must have faith in the Department of Justice and the FBI. By firing Director James Comey, late Tuesday afternoon, President Trump has created a sense of security at the Bureau by restoring its leadership to one that people can trust.