WHAT IT IS
- James Comey was Director of the FBI from September 2013 until May 2017.
- Comey was fired by President Trump with little understanding as to why.
- Comey was investigating Trump’s ties to Russian intelligence during the 2016 election.
- The firing was recommended by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in a letter, citing Comey’s “mishandling” of Hillary Clinton’s email.
WHY IT MATTERS
Trump’s firing of the FBI Director causes a deeper divide in the nation. Many either do not trust President Trump or do not trust the Intelligence Departments, like the FBI, under Trump’s administration.
WHERE WE ARE NOW
- There is currently no replacement Director, but candidates will be interrogated on where their political loyalty lies.
- Comey is testifying to Congress on June 8, detailing his discussions with President Trump.
- Many believed President Trump could potentially block Comey from speaking with Congress, asserting Executive privilege. This proved to be incorrect.
- As Comey begins early sessions with Congress, he has boxed himself in with vague answers about the Russian investigation.
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
- Days before his firing, Comey requested from the DOJ more resources for the Trump/Russia investigation.
- How can we expect this to affect the nation as information unfolds?
- Should President Trump be allowed to claim executive privilege on his discussions with Comey?
- Should the FBI continue the Russian probe?