Trump fires FBI director Comey

Trump fires FBI director Comey

US President Donald Trump [official profile] fired [press release] FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday. Trump said he acted under direction from both the Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. A letter [text, PDF] written to former FBI Director states that his leadership was ineffective and that a new leader is needed to restore public trust and confidence in law enforcement. Comey was leading [Reuters report] the investigation into Trump’s presidential campaign possible collusion with Russia. According to Trump, he fired Comey due to his handling of the email scandal regarding presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Democrats and some others, however, said they believe the move was intended to hinder an FBI investigation into alleged ties between the Trump administration and Russia.

President Donald Trump’s election campaign and political run has faced a lot of scrutiny. In November state democrats raised voter intimidation suits in six states [Politico report], yet only a federal judge in Ohio granted the requested injunction before being rejected on appeal [JURIST report]. In April a federal judge rejected Trump’s free speech defense in response to his alleged inciting of violence among protestors during his presidential campaign. Trump’s travel ban continues to opposed [JURIST report] by several states as a violation of immigration law and the First Amendment freedom of religion. Also, Trump’s administration has been plagued with allegations JURIST report] of his collusion with Russia.