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Trump Was Right To Fire FBI Director James Comey

| by Shani Shahmoon

If you haven't heard yet, the FBI Director James Comey was fired by President Donald Trump.

The majority of media sources seem to view such actions as a cover-up to preventing any further probing into the Trump administration. Such a perspective is filled with denial and completely rejects the build up to this director's firing.

In September 2013, Comey was nominated to be the director of the FBI under then-President Barack Obama. Despite being a Republican, Comey was voted in 93 to 1, with Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky being the only opposition, The Washington Times reported. But his four years as director weren't as smooth as his nomination.

On May 9, Comey received an email from Trump stating that he has been fired from his position at the FBI, effective immediately, ABC reported.

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"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," Trump's email stated.

Comey's nearly unanimous approval at the start of his FBI career had dramatically declined over his four years in service due to his controversial and repetitive mistakes. As such, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions both suggested Comey be removed from his position so that the a more trustworthy person may replace him.

It all began with Rosenstein's lengthy and detailed arguments that support what Comey had done over the years to lose the public's trust.

Rosenstein detailed Comey's actions in the most recent FBI investigation into Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's emails. Comey called Clinton's actions "extremely careless," but then concluded that the investigation should remain closed and no charges should be brought against her, Fox News explained.

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Comey diminished the role of then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who should have authority in concluding the outcome of such an investigation.

Rosenstein added that it was hypocritical for the director of the FBI to then "hold press conferences to release derogatory information about the subject of a declined criminal investigation."

Comey handled the situation poorly and unjustly.

"The Director laid out his version of the facts for the news media as if it were a closing argument, but without a trial," Rosenstein explained.

Later, Comey continued with his inappropriate handling of the case by releasing an unexplained notice tha,t despite what he said in July regarding the case coming to a close, Clinton's emails are still under investigation.

This news, later notoriously named the "October Surprise," came days before election polls opened, The New Yorker reported

Despite his early approval ratings, Comey didn't live up to the standards set for him. He was not professional in handling important information, he stirred the pot during the elections and, throughout the entire email scandal, received negative reactions from Republicans and Democrats alike.

So yes, Trump did what he was once known for doing. He said, "You're fired," to the FBI Director.

But it wasn't because Comey was anti-Republican, or because he was investigating Trump (which he stated on numerous occasions he was not). Trump fired Comey because his actions were not in line with what a FBI Director should do. 

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Sources: Fox News, ABC, The Washington Times, The New Yorker / Photo credit: Rich Girard/Flickr

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