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Washington - FBI Director James Comey Has Been Fired, White House Says

Published on: May 9, 2017 05:45 PM
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FBI Director James Comey testifies before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on "Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation" on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 3, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque FBI Director James Comey testifies before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on "Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation" on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 3, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Washington - President Donald Trump abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey Tuesday, saying it was necessary to restore “public trust and confidence” in the nation’s top law enforcement agency following several tumultuous months.

“The FBI is one of our nation’s most cherished and respected institutions, and today will mark a new beginning for our crown jewel of law enforcement,” Trump said in a statement.

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The White House said the search for a new FBI director was beginning immediately.

The White House made the stunning announcement shortly after the FBI corrected a sentence in Comey’s sworn testimony on Capitol Hill last week. Comey told lawmakers that Huma Abedin, a top aide to Hillary Clinton, had sent “hundreds and thousands” of emails to her husband’s laptop, including some with classified information.

On Tuesday, the FBI said in a two-page letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee that only “a small number” of the thousands of emails found on the laptop had been forwarded there while most had simply been backed up from electronic devices. Most of the email chains on the laptop containing classified information were not the result of forwarding, the FBI said.

Comey, 56, was nominated by President Barack Obama for the FBI post in 2013 to a 10-year term. Praised for his independence and integrity, Comey has spent three decades in law enforcement and has been no stranger to controversy.



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 May 09, 2017 at 05:51 PM HankM Says:

I thought Trump helps his friends. He would not be potus now were it not for Comey

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 May 09, 2017 at 06:07 PM TrumpISprez4-8 Says:

Reply to #1  
HankM Says:

I thought Trump helps his friends. He would not be potus now were it not for Comey

Fake news.

He is president because crooked Hillary was unattractive and because he will make america great again. The FBI is an excuse for Hillary's failure.

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 May 09, 2017 at 06:09 PM LionofZion Says:

#1
Trump would not be President if Hillary was not a corrupt manipulative nasty piece of work. Have the Democrats fired her?

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 May 09, 2017 at 06:10 PM hashomer Says:

Comey's going to spill his guts now. All the junk Trumpie pulled in the campaign will come out in investigations this summer. Trumpf's attempt here to disrupt the current FBI investigation against him has backfired.

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 May 09, 2017 at 06:20 PM Anonymous Says:

Dear Prince of Nigeria,

As you certainly recall, for years I have been rebuffing your generous offers to pursue business opportunities in your country, with nothing more than the excuse that Nigeria suffers from too much political interference in the rule of law . . .

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 May 09, 2017 at 06:44 PM Reb Yid Says:

Reply to #1  
HankM Says:

I thought Trump helps his friends. He would not be potus now were it not for Comey

Wrong. Hillary was dropping in the polls even before Comey revealed her misdeeds.

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 May 09, 2017 at 07:16 PM Anonymous Says:

To:1- Your comment is what is defined as bubba meises; Trump would have beaten Hillary, without Comey's interference. Incidentally, all of the Trump haters and the left leaning news media is going to make a big tsimmis about this firing. Yet, in 1993, when Bill Clinton fired the FBI Director, William Sessions, everyone was silent. Under Comey, the FBI has become too political. For example, to this date, there have been several attacks in the USA perpetrated by radicalized jihadists, which for political reasons, the FBI won't officially label as terrorist attacks (i.e. the Somali knife attacker in the shopping mall in St. Cloud, MN; a similar attack by a Somali on the campus of Ohio State University; the attack by an African from Guinea, on an Israeli owned restaurant in Columbus, Ohio). J. Edgar Hoover, held his position as Director of the FBI for forty eight years. Since his death, forty five years ago, there have been fourteen Directors of the FBI!

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 May 09, 2017 at 07:26 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
HankM Says:

I thought Trump helps his friends. He would not be potus now were it not for Comey

Perhaps. But Trump is not about to settle for incompetence. Comey bungled the Hillary investigation, and badly at that. He was undoubtedly under the foot of Loretta Lynch, one of the most political and biased AG's in American history. She was none too bright either. She did not need firing, but Comey did. I am just amazed that the search for a replacement is first beginning. He was a consideration for firing, and it was predicted even before the election. For that matter, Hillary would have probably fired him, too. He gambled with politics, and he lost.

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 May 09, 2017 at 07:37 PM Anonymous Says:

Trump and Nixon have the something in common a persecution complex.. Now it is time to dissolve the Senate and fire all these leftist anti-Trump senators and make a clean house or Trump senate

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 May 09, 2017 at 07:48 PM Sam Says:

Now I hope Clinton will be indicted for all her crimes!!!

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 May 09, 2017 at 08:35 PM qazxc Says:

Reply to #1  
HankM Says:

I thought Trump helps his friends. He would not be potus now were it not for Comey

Trump helps Trump.

The End.

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 May 09, 2017 at 09:15 PM hashomer Says:

Obviously fake news. Like the current administration.

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 May 09, 2017 at 09:25 PM PaulinSaudi Says:

Miss Yates told Congress yesterday that FBI men were so very alarmed by General Flynn's "underlying conduct" that they went to the White House in January. The next day the President fired the FBI Director. Pretty handy to be able to fire the policemen investigating you.

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 May 09, 2017 at 09:53 PM Nischt Emes Says:

Reply to #1  
HankM Says:

I thought Trump helps his friends. He would not be potus now were it not for Comey

Hillary lost because people were tired of the corruption and ineptitude of the last 8 years. Comey had nothing to do with it.

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