President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, acting on the recommendations of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Comey had placed the FBI in an untenable position. He had lost the faith and trust of both political parties – mostly because of a failure to objectively and impartially conduct investigations by sticking to facts and not allowing political considerations to affect law enforcement decisions. The legitimacy and efficacy of FBI investigations were questioned and lacked the confidence of the American people.
It seems more likely than not that Trump made the right choice and that the Left and Democrats are using the firing to irresponsibly try to score cheap political points and whip their base into a frenzy.
Comey’s incompetence was fatal. Trump had apparently been told on multiple occasions that Comey needed to go in order to restore some semblance of operational effectiveness to the FBI. Comey’s botched exoneration of Hillary Clinton led directly to a loss of trust and confidence in the impartiality of the bureau – an incident made all the worse by Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s meeting with Bill Clinton in the midst of the campaign.
His subsequent October 28 letter informing Congress that the FBI had uncovered new emails in the Anthony Weiner investigation and the ensuing re-exoneration of Clinton further disrupted an already raucous campaign and set in motion the fevered leftist narrative that Comey was (at least partially) responsible for Clinton’s loss.
Comey becomes the third high-ranking law enforcement official to be fired by Trump. Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates and former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara were both ousted shortly after Trump took office.
The unanswered questions – who takes over, how will ongoing investigations be administered, and what role will congress play – are all still on the table. FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe will take over for Comey while a replacement is sought, but he has been implicated in illicit activity involving Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe and could well be on the way out as well.