Published: Thu, May 11, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

President Trump's Firing of FBI Director Comey Sparks Bay Area Protest

Fired FBI Director James Comey bid his colleagues farewell in a letter released Wednesday, urging them not to dwell on his abrupt dismissal but to instead remain focused on the work that bureau does.

Republican House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz said in a statement on Wednesday he had requested a review by the Department of Justice's inspector general of Trump's decision to fire Comey, who had more than six years left in his 10-year post.

"I hope to do it in a bipartisan way, but the investigation will run its course", he said. It is done, and I will be fine, although I will miss you and the mission deeply.

Or say you dismiss as twisted and far-fetched the official claim that Trump & Co. were motivated by Comey's handling of Clinton emails.

However, Sanders said that the White House was encouraging the FBI to continue with its investigation into Russian contacts with the Trump campaign.

Trump's firing of Comey throws into question the future of a counterintelligence investigation into his campaign's possible connections to Russian Federation.

Two letters addressed to Trump from Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, outlining Comey's mishandling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server initially were presented as the impetus for Trump's firing of Comey.

He said the FBI and Senate Intelligence investigations of Russian Federation should continue.

Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., has said the timing of the firing is "very troubling" as the country confronts a crisis in public trust.

The 56-year-old Comey ended the letter by writing: "Working with you has been one of the great joys of my life. I think this is bulls-", said one special agent. Rep Adam Schiff of California, top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, said the White House was "brazenly interfering" in the probe. I don't think that there's a necessary need at this point to add that.

Comey, who testified for four hours before the Senate Judiciary Committee, said it made him feel "mildly nauseous" that his decision to make public his reopening of a probe into Clinton's handling of classified information might have affected the outcome of the November 8 presidential election.

Nor will Comey's dismissal necessarily go down in history as bearing any resemblance to President Richard Nixon's 1973 "Saturday night massacre". Thank you for that gift.

According to CNN, Comey penned a letter in which he parted from select Federal Bureau of Investigation staff, friends and agents.

Even when Comey testified last week in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee - saying it made him "mildly nauseous" that he might've affected the election - the news coverage didn't match that of his House testimony.

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