Trump Fires FBI Director James Comey

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Late Tuesday afternoon, the President fired FBI Director James Comey, the nation’s top law enforcement official. Comey’s actions raised eyebrows while he was investigating the mishandling of classified emails by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

    In the midst of the presidential campaign, Comey listed Clinton’s offenses publicly, but said she had not done anything that was prosecutable. A few months later, he announced he was re-opening the Clinton investigation, only to say a few days later that he had found nothing new. Just last week, Clinton said these actions by Comey cost her the election.
    The major problem, according to legal experts, is that Comey overstepped his authority and violated fundamental rules. One Justice Department official said press conferences should not be held where derogatory information–such as the offenses by Clinton– is given. This official called it a “textbook example of what federal prosecutors and agents are taught not to do.”
    Comey testified before Congress last week, saying Clinton aide Huma Abedin had sent “hundreds of thousands” of emails–some classified–to her husband’s (Anthony Weiner’s) laptop. Comey had to issue a statement later saying that only a “small number” of emails were on Weiner’s laptop.
    Tuesday afternoon, Trump issued a letter to Comey informing him that the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General were recommending he be dismissed, and he accepted their recommendation. Trump wrote, “While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am no longer under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the Bureau.”

Why this Matters: This is long overdue; in fact, the only question is why Comey wasn’t fired sooner. The administration claims the timing coincides with the recent hire of Rod Rosenstein as Deputy Attorney General, Comey’s immediate boss. He was confirmed just two weeks ago. 

The FBI is still investigating Trump’s team and possible collusion with the Russians to influence the election. Some Democrats suggest this is part of a coverup on Trump’s ties to Russia. Many are saying Trump’s action is “Nixonian.”
How to Pray: For this bumpy transition at the FBI to receive God’s guidance. Pray that the President will name a worthy replacement. Ask God to make a way for President Trump to do what he promised during the campaign.
Prov. 25:19 – Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble 
is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.
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