The Trump administration announced Tuesday that it had “terminated” FBI Director James Comey.
Shortly after the announcement sent shockwaves through Washington, D.C., a series of letters provided the answers behind the high-profile firing.
In a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein explained in detail why he believed Comey was not able to effectively lead the FBI — mostly referring to his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.
“The way the Director handled the conclusion of the email investigation was wrong,” Rosenstein wrote. “As a result, the FBI is unlikely to regain public and congressional trust until it has a Director who understands the gravity of the mistakes and pledges never to repeat them.”
He added, “Having refused to admit his errors, the Director cannot be expected to implement the necessary corrective actions.”
You can read his full letter below:
Additionally, letters were also sent by the White House, President Donald Trump, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
In a letter to Comey, President Trump wrote:
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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 judgement 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.
In a letter to the president, Attorney General Sessions agreed with Rosenstein’s assessment in recommending Comey’s termination and argued a “fresh start is needed at the leadership of the FBI.”