Donald Trump fires FBI chief James Comey

FBI chief James Comey fired by Trump, by the BBC.

President Donald Trump has fired the director of the FBI over his handling of the inquiry into Hillary Clinton’s emails, the administration says.

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But Democrats said he was fired because the FBI was investigating alleged links between the Trump campaign and Russia.

The move came as it emerged Mr Comey gave inaccurate information about Mrs Clinton’s emails to Congress last week.

President Trump wrote in a letter to Mr Comey that he agreed with US Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recommendation that “you are not able to effectively lead the Bureau”. Mr Sessions said the Department of Justice was “committed to a high level of discipline, integrity, and the rule of law”, and “a fresh start is needed”. …

Initially he thought it was a joke:

Mr Comey was addressing FBI agents in Los Angeles when he was handed a note by one of his team informing him he had just been fired.

The 56-year-old — who was four years into his 10-year term as FBI director — reportedly laughed, thinking it was a prank. …

More on why:

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said he “cannot defend the Director’s handling of the conclusion of the investigation of Secretary Clinton’s emails, and I do not understand his refusal to accept the nearly universal judgement that he was mistaken”.

“Almost everyone agrees the Director made serious mistakes; it is one of the few issues that unites people of diverse perspectives.”

He said Mr Comey had been wrong to “usurp” the previous attorney general in July 2016 to announce the Clinton emails inquiry should be closed without prosecution.

The deputy attorney general said Mr Comey compounded his error by “gratuitously” releasing “derogatory information” about Mrs Clinton.

Mr Comey was in an impossible situation. On the one hand he was forced by the ruling class not to  recommend indicting Hillary Clinton in the middle of a Presidential campaign. On the other, he was forced by truth and honor to tell the public that she was obviously guilty. So he told us, but then let her off on the “no intent” excuse — which everyone who thinks about it realizes is bogus, because intent has no bearing on charges of mishandling information and negligence.

[Democrats] view the suddenness of the move as an attempt to subvert the ongoing FBI investigation into possible ties between Russia and the Trump campaign.

Sure. Months later, still no evidence on collusion between Russia and Trump, but plenty that there was collusion with Democrats (e.g. Podesta). Yawn.

Wouldn’t it be nice if there was one law for all, and Hillary was charged just like everyone else who mishandles top-secret information?

UPDATE: The Simple Explanation for Trump Firing James Comey When He Did, by Joel Pollack.

Why fire Comey now? The answer is simple. The day before, President Barack Obama’s former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper repeated, under oath, what he told NBC News’ Chuck Todd on Meet the Press on March 5 — that he had seen no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. That gave the Trump administration the breathing room to dismiss Comey — which it simply did not have before. …

If Trump had fired Comey while there were still serious questions about Russia, then it would have been more plausible to accuse him of trying to interfere in the investigation or cover up whatever happened. It is now clear that nothing, in fact, happened.