So why was FBI Director Jame Comey fired? It still isn’t exactly clear. At first, White House officials said it was a result of how he handled the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, steps that Donald Trump initially praised and, history suggests, helped to get him elected. In any event, most of the criticisms came from Democrats and were raised some seven months ago. The public didn’t know that Comey was spearheading an investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government until March 20. In between, Trump had praised Comey repeatedly and even hugged him at a White House reception two days after the inauguration. White House officials also said the firing came at the recommendation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. But that began to unravel when Rosenstein reportedly threatened to resign if that remained the administration’s official narrative. Finally the president himself said that he had already made up his mind to remove Comey and would have fired him regardless of the memo. He then resorted to calling him names. “He’s a showboat, he’s a grandstander, the FBI has been in turmoil,” he told NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt on Thursday. What’s next? Chants of “Lock him up?”
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