[Ed. – I know a lot of people have been wondering why Trump waited this long. Personally, I think it was to keep an eye on Comey and have him where he could be called to the Hill, long enough to get a sense of what he knows and what he’s going to say. From here on out, any testimony from Comey about anything will be from behind a wall of lawyers. But it seems clear that Comey had reached the point of being unable to lead the FBI effectively. And that has to be the ultimate concern.]
President Donald Trump on Tuesday abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey in the fallout over Comey’s probe of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s emails last year, saying Comey was no longer able to effectively lead the agency.
“It is essential that we find new leadership for the FBI that restores public trust and confidence in its vital law enforcement mission,” Trump said in a letter to Comey released by the White House.
Trump told Comey in the letter he accepted the recommendation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions that “you are not able to effectively lead the bureau.” …
The White House released a memo by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein about Comey’s actions.
“I 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 judgment that he was mistaken,” Rosenstein wrote.