Trump and Sessions Slammed for Firing Comey for the Exact Reason They Applauded Him in 2016

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 29:  U.S. President Donald Trump (L) and Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R) attend a panel discussion on an opioid and drug abuse in the Roosevelt Room of the White House March 29, 2017 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Shawn Thew-Pool/Getty Images)

Trump and Sessions Slammed for Firing Comey for the Exact Reason They Applauded Him in 2016

The president once said the FBI director "brought back his reputation."

Published May 10, 2017

The unexpected firing of FBI Director James Comey was accompanied with an explanation that troubled many due to it's contradiction of prior statements made by President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. 

In May, Sessions sent Trump a memorandum which cited previous incidents involving Comey the department found concerning. 

"The Director was wrong to usurp the Attorney General's authority on July 5, 2016, and announce his conclusion that the case should be closed without prosecution," the memo said regarding a press conference given by Comey wherein he stated Hillary Clinton should not be subjected to a criminal prosecution.

However, in October — just days before the election — Comey delivered a statement where he said the case into Hillary Clinton's emails should be re-opened due to new evidence. This statement was also included in the memo. According to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Comey's actions as director were inappropriate. 

Based on the memos sent by the Department of Justice, Trump decided firing Comey was the best decision. 

 

  1. However, as a candidate, Trump praised Comey for his actions when it came to exposing and commenting on the emails of Hillary Clinton
  2. Jeff Sessions also claimed Comey 'did the right thing' when it came to reopening the investigation in October

    Sessions's defense of Comey came as many Democrats attacked the FBI director for inserting himself into an election. 

  3. The change of heart by both Sessions and Trump has many people calling out the officials

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: Shawn Thew-Pool/Getty Images)

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