Outrageous reactions pour in after Trump fires Comey: ‘Finally,’ ‘Good Riddance,’ ‘Nixonian’

Outrageous reactions pour in after Trump fires Comey: ‘Finally,’ ‘Good Riddance,’ ‘Nixonian’
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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.

FBI director James Comey is the man behind the controversial email probe of Hillary Clinton. For the majority of his life, Comey has been a registered Republican and is known for being "fiercely independent" in both his public and personal lives. Despite his history of donating to Republican presidential campaigns, Comey's independence is why President Barack Obama "didn't hesitate to appoint him to his current position." As a prosecutor, 55-year-old Comey "has a history of defying both political parties." Comey has received a lot of heat for reopening an investigation into Hillary Clinton's email controversy only a week and a half before voters hit the polls. Friends of Comey say he is always motivated to do "the right thing, even if it's unpopular."