On Tuesday, President Donald Trump reportedly fired FBI Director James Comey and wasted absolutely no time to begin his search for a new FBI Director to take Comey’s place.
In a letter addressed to Comey, President Trump wrote:
“I have received the attached letters from the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General of the United States recommending your dismissal as the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. I have accepted their recommendation and you are hereby terminated and removed from office, effective immediately. While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the Bureau. It is essential that we find new leadership for the FBI that restores public trust and confidence in its vital law enforcement mission. I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors.”
This letter came almost as a surprise to not just Comey, but also to the public.
As a result of Comey’s firing, reactions from political figures surrounded Twitter:
“Comey Fired!!! Finally.” – Sean Hannity
“Pretty stunning that the deputy atty. general cites Comey’s mishandling of the Hillary emails investigation as the reason for his dismissal.” – Ashley Parker
“This is Nixonian. Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein must immediately appoint a special prosecutor to continue the Trump/Russia investigation.” – Senator Bob Casey
“Trump firing Comey shows how frightened the Admin is over Russia investigation” – Senator Tim Kaine
On the other hand, Republican Sen. of South Carolina, Lindsey Graham released a statement of his own, supporting the President’s decision.
“I know this was a difficult decision for all concerned. I appreciate Director Comey’s service to our nation in a variety of roles, said Graham. And added, “Given the recent controversies surrounding the director. I believe a fresh start will serve the FBI and the nation well. I encourage the President to select the most qualified professional available who will serve our nation’s interests.”