On Tuesday, President Trump rocked the political sphere with the announcement that FBI Director James Comey was fired, acting on recommendations from Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
The reasoning, according to an article from the Washington Post, was “he had treated Hillary Clinton unfairly and in doing so damaged the credibility of the FBI and the Justice Department.”
This morning, Trump said he fired Comey because “he was not doing a good job,” according to the Associated Press.
A new report from The New York Times said that Comey asked the Justice Department for a “significant increase in money and personnel for the bureau’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the presidential election” just days before he was fired. He had asked for the resources during a meeting last week with Rosenstein.
Many reports condemn Trump’s decision, saying the timing is suspicious, as the firing comes late after the Hillary Clinton email investigation and in the midst of an investigation of Russian interference during the Trump campaign, from which Sessions had recused himself.
The fallout took the White House by surprise, per an article from Politico.
“By Tuesday evening, the president was watching the coverage of his decision and frustrated no one was on TV defending him, a White House official said. He wanted surrogates out there beating the drum,” the article said. “Instead, advisers were attacking one another for not realizing the gravity of the situation as events blew up.”
After a long night of questions (or dodging questions), details are still emerging, but that didn’t stop Jewish senators, reporters and celebrities from adding their own concerns and comments.
If we don't get a special prosecutor, every American will rightfully suspect that the decision to fire #Comey was part of a cover-up.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) May 9, 2017
Trump's firing of #COMEY & recent tweets show he is seriously losing it. I hope the nukes are in hands of someone more stable. Like Kanye.
— Daylin Leach (@daylinleach) May 9, 2017
On Monday, Comey spoke at the Anti-Defamation League National Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C.
— ADL (@ADL) May 10, 2017
This is a developing story.
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