Top US officials being interviewed for interim Federal Bureau of Investigation director

12 May 2017, 01:23 | Santos Harmon

The termination letter from Donald Trump to James Comey

The termination letter from Donald Trump to James Comey

Rogers had previously worked with the Trump transition team on national-security issues, but was let go shortly after the election when New Jersey Governor Chris Christie lost favor with the President-elect.

Jimmy Kimmel also jumped on the Comey bandwagon Tuesday night, opening his show with the news: "A few hours ago, (Trump) fired James Comey, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which is kind of like O.J. firing Judge Ito halfway through the trial". The White House has insisted that Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions initiated the conversation about Comey and that the president simply accepted their recommendation for his removal.

Why didn't the President wait for the Inspector General's investigation into Director Comey's handling of the Clinton email investigation to conclude before making his decision to fire him? "It is deeply troubling that the president has fired the FBI director during an active counterintelligence investigation into improper contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation". "I personally am very grateful that we have a president willing to show the kind of strong and decisive leadership" necessary to fire him". Cornyn sits on the Senate Intelligence committee handling one of the many probes. Some Republicans have said that could undermine concurrent investigations underway in the US Senate and House of Representatives.

In his letter to Mr Comey, the President wrote: "You are hereby terminated and removed from office, effective immediately".

"The President will now pay a larger political price for waiting, as critics question the timing of his action amid the FBI's probe of his campaign's alleged Russian Federation ties", according to the Journal.

Tuesday's shock announcement that Comey had been dismissed comes amid an ongoing investigation that he had been leading into potential collusion between the U.S. president's campaign team and Russian Federation.

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"This is a firing that is an attempt to obstruct the investigation into ties between Russia, Trump campaign". Then-president Bill Clinton dismissed William Sessions amid allegations of ethical lapses in 1993.

Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona said Congress must form a special committee to investigate Russia's interference in the election.

When the subpoenas came out and Comey asked for an expansion of the investigation, he was sacked.

Praised frequently by both parties for his independence and integrity, he spent three decades in law enforcement.

Officials accused the director of mishandling the investigation into the email practices of Hillary Clinton.

Comey had sought to defend his conduct in Senate testimony last week. He further said, "I found the inclusion of that language very, very odd, and again, raising even more questions about the motivation - about what happened here".

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