On Tuesday, Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. Trump claimed his reasoning was due to Comey’s actions regarding the 2016 election, but not everyone is convinced. Sen. John McCain(R-Az) called Trump’s decision to fire Comey “disappointing.”
‘While the President has the legal authority to remove the Director of the FBI, I am disappointed in the President’s decision to remove James Comey from office.’
News of Comey’s forced departure comes in the midst of the investigation surrounding Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. The former Republican presidential nominee said that Comey’s removal reaffirmed his belief in the need for Congress to form an independent committee to investigate this matter.
‘James Comey is a man of honor and integrity, and he has led the FBI well in extraordinary circumstances. I have long called for a special congressional committee to investigate Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. The president’s decision to remove the FBI Director only confirms the need and the urgency of such a committee.’
The decision to remove Comey from his position is especially interesting when you consider the fact that as recently as yesterday Trump was complaining about the investigation into Russia.
The Russia-Trump collusion story is a total hoax, when will this taxpayer funded charade end?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 8, 2017
As of right now, we don’t know the full story behind Comey’s removal. It was reportedly done at the behest of Jeff Sessions due to Comey’s actions during the 2016 election. However, we have known about his actions for several months now and Trump hasn’t fired him.
Furthermore, Sessions promised to recuse himself from any matters relating to the Russian investigation. His push to remove Comey may violate the spirit of that promise. By removing Comey from the investigation, Sessions has, indirectly, interfered with the course of the investigation, which is something he promised he would not do.
McCain’s recent criticism of Trump’s decision to fire Sessions isn’t too surprising when you consider that McCain and Trump have rarely seen eye-to-eye. It is likely that the removal of Comey only increased McCain’s apparent dislike of the president.
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