President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday, and the president wasted no time in beginning the search for a new FBI Director to take Comey's place.
In a letter addressed to Comey, Trump wrote:
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 public trust and confidence in its vital law enforcement mission.
I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors.
Donald J. Trump
Republican Sen. of South Carolina, Lindsey Graham, released his own statement that appeared to support Trump's decision to fire Comey.
“I know this was a difficult decision for all concerned. I appreciate Director Comey’s service to our nation in a variety of roles.”
“Given the recent controversies surrounding the director. I believe a fresh start will serve the FBI and the nation well. I encourage the President to select the most qualified professional available who will serve our nation’s interests.”
Immediately after Comey was unceremoniously fired, reactions from political figureheads began pouring in from all corners of the internet.
See some of the biggest reactions to Comey's firing below.
Comey Fired!!! Finally.— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) May 9, 2017
Pretty stunning that the deputy atty. general cites Comey's mishandling of the Hillary emails investigation as the reason for his dismissal.— Ashley Parker (@AshleyRParker) May 9, 2017
This is Nixonian. Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein must immediately appoint a special prosecutor to continue the Trump/Russia investigation.— Senator Bob Casey (@SenBobCasey) May 9, 2017
Comey firing recommended by Sessions. I thought he had recused himself from Russia investigation!— Senator Tim Kaine (@timkaine) May 9, 2017
The Comey Firing is going to be the real test of whether reflexive Republican partisanship has reached the point of no return— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) May 9, 2017
Aaaaaaand James Comey is off to his next job! pic.twitter.com/czrQhayxhr— Al Giordano (@AlGiordano) May 9, 2017
Can I just ask the obvious: how is it okay to fire the man leading an investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded w Russia? 1/2— David Gregory (@davidgregory) May 9, 2017
How can you possibly do that without the appearance of abuse of power ?— David Gregory (@davidgregory) May 9, 2017
Why fire Comey now? Because what's coming down the pike in FBI investigation against Trump/allies is worse than PR hit Trump will take now.— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) May 9, 2017
No more excuses: We need an independent special prosecutor to investigate the Trump Administration’s ties to Russia.— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) May 9, 2017
We need a real, independent prosecutor who @realDonaldTrump can't fire, Sessions can't intimidate, & Congress can't muzzle. We need it now.— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) May 9, 2017
Good riddance, James Comey.— Scott Presler (@ScottPresler) May 9, 2017
He was a liability and the American People had no trust in him. #TuesdayThoughts
Twilight zone. I was as disappointed and frustrated as anyone at how the email investigation was handled. But this terrifies me.— Robby Mook (@RobbyMook) May 9, 2017
WikiLeaks would be happy to consider hiring James Comey to help lead its DC office should he like to properly investigate the US government.— Julian Assange (@JulianAssange) May 9, 2017