US President Donald Trump on Tuesday abruptly terminated FBI Director James Comey, the official conducting investigations into President Trump’s advisers’ collusion with Russia.
The dramatic dismissal that sent the Democrats into a rage, was over Comey’s failing to handle the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails; however, the dismissal prompted speculations over the independence of the bureau’s investigation and the alleged collusion between Trump campaign and the Russian government in the US presidential election in November 2016.
Trump’s alleged Nixonian move
President Trumps’s abrupt decision provoked a massive outcry from Democrats and Republicans, demanding the President to justify the dramatic move. On the other hand, Democrats were quick to insist on adjuring the Trump-Russia inquiry by a special prosecutor. a special prosecutor to oversee the Russia inquiry. One Senate Democrat perceived the decision as “Nixonian”
In his letter to Mr Comey, President Trump wrote: “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,” in a letter to Comey, President Trump wrote, “It is essential that we find new leadership for the FBI that restores public trust and confidence in its vital law enforcement mission.”
Reasons behind dismissal
The termination of The US leading law enforcement official came a few days after he falsely testified about Clinton’s use of family private email server for official communications during her tenure as secretary of state and the FBI’s investigation into Trump’s advisers’ collusion with Moscow.
The White House said that the deputy attorney general Andrew McCabe is directing the FBI, in the intervening time, a Justice Department official told NBC.
On the other hand, there are “clear recommendations” that US attorney general Jeff Sessions will act direction with McCabe, according to a White House statement.
Comey was appointed by former president Barack Obama in 2013 to a 10-year term and served three decades in law enforcement.