The fact that James Comey, who was leading the investigation into Russian meddling during the U.S. presidential election, has been fired is deeply worrisome, suggests the editorial board of the LA Times. The editorial board wonders what prompted this decision, given that Comey’s mishandling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails had been known for months. Trump confirmed his trust in Comey in January, signaling that the email situation wasn’t reason enough to fire Comey. The editorial board implies that Trump may have had ulterior motives in dismissing the man who was investigating links between him and Russia.
James Comey was fired because a Justice Department review found that he had bypassed the Attorney General by ending a probe into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, reports Bill Gertz of Free Beacon. He writes that Attorney General Jeff Sessions recommended that Comey be fired due to Comey’s bad decision-making. One such blunder was Comey’s press conference professing Clinton’s innocence only to withdraw that statement later on, asserts Gertz. He points out that making the details of a federal investigation public in such a way was highly unprofessional and hurt the FBI’s reputation.