Wednesday, 10 May 2017

"You are hereby terminated and removed from office": Read Trump's very blunt letter to Comey telling him he was fired

President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, on Tuesday and his letter to Comey telling him "You are hereby terminated and removed from office" is that kind of letter no employee should ever wish for.

Past US presidents have normally accepted the resignation of senior government officials as a sign of respect for their years of public service and to keep administration in-fighting out of the public eye.

But Trump did not mince words in his letter that he was sacking Comey.

While Trump wrote that he "appreciate" Comey telling him he was not under investigation in three separate instances, the president followed the recommendation of the Department of Justice.

(Read Also: Comey heard the news of his sack by Trump on TV while giving speech in LA and thought it was a prank)

Read the full text below:

Dear Director Comey:
I have received the attached letters from the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General of the United States recommending your dismissal as the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. I have accepted their recommendation and 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. It is essential that we find new leadership for the FBI that restores the public trust and confidence in its vital law enforcement mission.

I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors.

Donald J. Trump

According to reports, Trump fired Comey on Tuesday after senior Justice Department officials concluded that he had mishandled the investigation of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.

The FBI has also been investigating allegations that people involved with Trump's presidential campaign had undisclosed ties to Russia.

But during a brief meeting with NBC News in the Oval Office on Tuesday evening, Trump said the Russia probe wasn't a factor in his decision.

Trump said that while he'd had concerns about Comey for some time, it was the FBI's "clarification" of Comey's inaccurate Senate testimony last week about Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server that raised new questions about the director's competence and judgment.

Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Tuesday night that Comey's inaccurate Senate testimony last week "showed that he was incapable of continuing to do his job."

"Here's the bottom line: Comey had lost the confidence across the board, from House members, from Senate members, from rank-and-file members of the FBI and the American public," Sanders said.

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