Published: Fri, May 12, 2017
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

Here's why Trump fired James Comey

It's a stunning reversal.

In January, after news broke that the Justice Department's inspector general had opened an investigation into how the now-ousted FBI director "handled the probe of Hillary Clinton's email practices", I suggested that it would probably be best for Comey to resign.

Ultimately, the White House will face more criticism and backlash on matters of process than about the long-overdue firing itself.

But Trump changed his tune Thursday, when talking to Holt.

The interim chief would serve until Congress confirms a permanent director, which could take some time given bipartisan angst over Comey's firing.

"This president basically has interfered with an investigation where he may be implicated", Waters said. The president then swiftly made a decision to follow the recommendation. The White House also remained vague in giving the exact reason behind the vital decision. "That was a DOJ decision". "Very simply, he was not doing a good job".

"As a result, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is unlikely to regain public and congressional trust until it has a Director who understands the gravity of the mistakes and pledges never to repeat them", Rosenstein wrote.

"I understand why he took that position, but I don't agree - at least not when it comes to the President and senior government officials. We encourage them to complete that investigation so we can put it behind us".

Sanders told reporters that DOJ officials including Rosenstein and Sessions were at the White House Monday on "other business" when the topic of Comey came up.

In terms of the context, the White House's contradictions reflect a degree of internal chaos. But he also said Comey was wrong not to move to charge her with crimes.

"I actually asked him, yes", Trump said.

Mr Comey addressed friends and staff in a widely-reported letter on Wednesday, in which he stated his belief that Mr Trump, as president, had a right to fire him irrespective of the circumstances. He became one of Clinton's top surrogates and routinely roiled Trump both before the November election and after he was inaugurated in January.

According to one member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, that should go for Comey too: Maine Sen.

Trump, facing Democratic accusations that he fired Comey on Tuesday to hinder the FBI investigation into alleged meddling by Russian Federation in the 2016 United States presidential election, said he would have taken the action even without a recommendation to do so by the two top Justice Department officials. "The President's firing of FBI Director Comey Tuesday night was a shocking development".

However, Rosenstein has refused to be painted as the scapegoat by the Trump administration and has even threatened to quit, the Washington Post reports.

In the same interview, Donald Trump completely contradicted the statements his press secretary has been putting out since Tuesday. He's made his own vice president's comments on Wednesday look either totally clueless or willfully mendacious.

"He wanted to stay on", Trump said.

It's not exactly a better situation for him, and it certainly doesn't do anything to inspire belief in anything else he and his administration say.

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