Former FBI Director James Comey said in a letter to staff Wednesday that the president has the right to fire anyone in the position of director for any reason he wants.
“I have long believed that a President can fire an FBI Director for any reason, or no reason at all. I’m not going to spend time on the decision or the way it was executed. I hope you won’t either,” Comey wrote in the letter obtained by CNN. “It is done, and I will be fine, although I will miss you and the mission deeply.”
President Donald Trump abruptly fired Comey on Tuesday. He was leading a criminal investigation into Russia’s attempt to influence Trump advisers and to change the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.
“I have said to you before that, in times of turbulence, the American people should see the FBI as a rock of competence, honesty, and independence,” Comey continued. “What makes leaving the FBI hard is the nature and quality of its people, who together make it that rock for America.”
Originally published by the Daily Caller.