FBI Director James Comey has been fired by President Donald Trump. Comey was first named as FBI director by Barack Obama back in 2013, and his role with the agency was ended after President Trump acted on the “recommendation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Borenstein.”
Comey was a very popular figure during the 2016 election between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. The investigation surrounding Clinton’s email server was a very controversial subject during the election, and Comey has been blamed for aiding to Hillary Clinton’s loss by the way he handled it. It was only days before the election when Comey wrote a letter to congress stating that Mrs. Clinton was still under investigation due to newly found emails–causing a media storm.
Comey’s letter to Congress appeared to be the final straw for many voters, who couldn’t handle the constant scandals that the Clinton’s have been involved in throughout their political careers. Clinton has even named Comey as one of the reasons she lost the 2016 election.
Comey has been involved with government for many years, beginning in 1996 when he worked in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virgina in 1996, to even serving as Deputy Attorney beginning in 2003 under former-President George W. Bush.
As reported, “He served as deputy attorney general under the George W. Bush administration from December 2003 until August 2005. Prior to that, he was U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, where he prosecuted a number of major terrorism and criminal cases.
He also worked in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia from 1996 to 2001, and had served as general counsel and senior vice president for Lockheed Martin and general counsel for the investment firm Bridgewater Associates.”
There will without a doubt be questions in the coming days as to exactly what made Trump fire Comey–he has after all been a controversial figure.