As previously reported, President Donald Trump has taken executive action firing FBI Director James Comey. The news of James Comey’s shock firing came even as a surprise to Comey himself, who according to the New York Times, first thought it was a prank.
At the time Comey’s firing was leaking to media, Comey was in Los Angeles addressing FBI staff when he noticed a television in the background announcing he had been fired.
He initially laughed and said he thought it was a joke until he was told by staff to step into a nearby office where it was confirmed he had in fact been fired.
He thought it was a prank!
Comey learned of firing as he addressed FBI employees in LA. TV screens in background flashed news of firing. Letter was then given to FBI.
— Michael S. Schmidt (@nytmike) May 9, 2017
Here’s the confirmation he thought it was part of a prank:
— NYT Politics (@nytpolitics) May 10, 2017
The White House statement did not elaborate on the reason for Mr Comey’s dismissal, though Mr Sessions’ recommendation to the President stated the government needed to “reaffirm its commitment” to “the integrity and fairness of federal investigations and prosecutions”.
Typical of our President, in his letter to Comey he was blunt:
You are hereby terminated and removed from office, effective immediately,” Trump wrote.
“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 luck in your future endeavours.”
Wow. letter from the WH notifying Director Comey of his immediate dismissal from office. pic.twitter.com/PXv5ILL5QH
— Pwn All The Things (@pwnallthethings) May 9, 2017
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