In the wake of US President Donald Trump’s controversial firing of the FBI Director, James Comey has released a statement to his former colleagues at the Bureau.
The letter – first reported by Shimon Prokupecz of CNN – is a fairly measured statement.
In the letter, Comey says he believes the President can fire an FBI director for “any reason, or no reason at all,” which will certainly be used by the Trump Administration to defend the decision going forward.
To his former colleagues, Comey says “I will miss you and the mission deeply.” He adds that he wants the FBI to be seen as “a rock of competence, honesty, and independence.”
Read Comey’s full letter below:
With Comey out, the search for a new FBI Director is underway, even as the political fight is heating up. While Democrats are calling for a Special Prosecutor, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has rejected that idea and publicly defended Trump.
The Comey firing has triggered massive cognitive dissonance, with many who angrily demanded Comey’s firing for months now expressing “outrage” at Comey having been fired by Trump.
In the video below, watch as Stephen Colbert’s audience initially cheers Trump’s firing of Comey, before he inserts the “correct” opinion.
For more on the explosion of cognitive dissonance in the wake of Comey’s firing, read this great post by Scott Adams.