Well, this is certainly starting to get interesting.
“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,” Mr. Trump said in a letter dated Tuesday to Mr. Comey.
“It is essential that we find new leadership for the F.B.I. that restores public trust and confidence in its vital law enforcement mission,” Mr. Trump wrote.
Trump is likely using Comey’s misleading statements about the nature of the eleventh-hour re-opening of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails as a major factor. At least that’s how I see the WH spinning it. Regardless, Trump can now appoint somebody friendlier to the WH, which will undoubtedly affect the ongoing investigation into Trump’s alleged ties to Russia.
Update: But don’t worry, Comey’s firing is not political.
“The FBI’s reputation and credibility have suffered substantial damage, and it has affected the entire Department of Justice,” [Deputy Attorney General, Rod] Rosenstein wrote. “I cannot defend the director’s handling of the conclusion of the investigation of Secretary Clinton’s emails, and I do not understand his refusal to accept the nearly universal judgment that he was mistaken. Almost everyone agrees that the director made serious mistakes; it is one of the few issues that unites people of diverse perspectives.” (WaPo)