Why did Trump really fire Comey? Was it because he refused to pledge his allegiance to our president? Or was it due to a few simple recommendations? This is the question dominating every headline in America. But first, a bit of background.
Wait a second, who’s Comey?
Comey, A.K.A. James Brien Comey, was FBI director for nearly four years before his ten-year contract was abruptly terminated by Donald Trump.
What exactly happened to him?
It’s actually kind of a funny story. Apparently, there was some major confusion when it came to informing Comey of his misfortune. Nobody bothered telling him he was fired. Instead, he found out while he was delivering a speech to FBI employees in LA on May 9th when he saw a news clip flash behind the crowd.
At first, he thought it was some sort of prank. But no one was laughing.
After a few phone calls and some severe confusion, it was confirmed: Comey, who had been ensured of his job for the next six years, had been fired for insanely hazy reasons.
Why was he fired?
Well, that’s the million-dollar question, isn’t it? White House officials initially claimed it was a decision made solely on the advisory of several Attorneys General who claim Comey was completely incompetent. Administrators also said he made grave mistakes concerning the Hillary Clinton email investigation. A day after the White House explanation, the president admitted that he did it on his own and was thinking about the Russian investigation when he alone made the decision to fire Comey. However, Comey says he has proof that there is more to the story.
Comey’s memos, personal notes, and recorded conversations show that Trump made a series of horrible and utterly inappropriate demands, many of which revolved around the words, “Make this go away.”
One such request was to make the investigation about Russia’s involvement in the U.S. election “disappear.” Another was to calm the Michael Flynn investigation because he had gained favor in the heart of the president. It’s even been said that Trump pressured Comey to pledge his allegiance to him shortly before he was fired.
Trump, of course, denies these allegations, but there will be a meticulous investigation. Robert Mueller, former FBI director, has been named as the special prosecutor to oversee the Justice Department’s inquiry into Russian collusion by the Trump administration and the suggested obstruction by the president.
James Comey’s testimony, now postponed until June, will do a great deal to clear the air and shed light on what actually occurred between President Trump and him. Stay tuned.