President Trump officially announced that he fired FBI Director James Comey, abruptly ending a rocky year-long stretch for the top law enforcement officer who came under fire for his handling of the Clinton email probe. Trump made his decision based on evidence that Comey lied to Congress regarding how Huma Abedin handled classified emails. The best part is The FBI sold him out to the President with a letter.
“The FBI is one of our nation’s most cherished and respected institutions, and today will mark a new beginning for our crown jewel of law enforcement,” Trump said.
Comey first ran into problems during the 2016 presidential race when he tried to conclude his investigation into Clinton’s use of a private server system for emails while at the State Department. He concluded that Clinton, then the Democratic presidential nominee, had not acted criminally with classified emails but said she had been “extremely careless.” Comey swore in his testimony that Hillary Clinton aide, Abedin, forwarded “hundreds and thousands” of emails to her husband, New York Rep. Anthony Weiner. He went on to say that the emails contained private information and the purpose allegedly was so that Weiner could print them out.
It turns out that this information was completely false, according to this official letter sent from the FBI. The email detailed the fact that only a small number of the roughly 49,000 emails were forwarded from Abedin. The rest were backups from her personal computers and phones.
The FBI’s letter went on to say that they discovered that only two of the 12 forwarded emails contained classified information. This, of course, doesn’t absolve Adedin at all — she’s still responsible for that classified information getting onto her personal computer!
The big question remains: why did Comey lie? He has been burying himself for quite some time now. Let us not forget that he landed himself in hot water when he announced that the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails was officially reopened less than two weeks before the election. Then, he didn’t even prosecute her. Now, he is lying under oath about what was going on with those classified emails. The whole thing reeks. Regardless of what he says after the fact to defend himself, it is clear that he was trying to hide something. There is a good chance that he got himself into trouble when he made the announcement regarding Hillary’s emails, then he tripped himself up trying to lie about it. We don’t need someone like this heading the FBI ! If we cannot trust him to tell the truth regarding this issue, what else is he covering up, and who is he covering up for? One thing is for sure, President Trump is done with the nonsense.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the president’s decision was based on “the clear recommendations” of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. A search for a new permanent FBI director will begin immediately. In a message to FBI employees, Sessions said Andrew McCabe, the bureau’s deputy director, had assumed the position of acting director.