US President Donald Trump has fired James Comey as director of the FBI,his spokesman Sean Spicer said in a statement.
“The FBI is one of our nation’s most cherished and respected institutions and today will mark a new beginning for our crown jewel of law enforcement,” Trump said in a statement.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that the president “accepted the recommendation of the deputy attorney general and the attorney general,” both of whom who had recommended Comey’s “dismissal,” referring to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Spicer said that the search for a new FBI chief will begin immediately.
Trump said in his dismissal letter to Comey that he appreciated the fact that the former FBI director had told him three times that he was not under investigation, an apparent reference to the FBI probe into his campaign’s links with Russia, but he went on to say that “It is essential that we find new leadership for the FBI that restores public trust and confidence in its vital law enforcement mission.”
The president told Comey that he was “hereby terminated and removed from office, effective immediately,” going on to explain that he had come to the conclusion that the FBI chief was “not able to effectively lead the bureau.”
“I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors,” said Trump in the letter, by way of conclusion.
Comey’s ouster comes after it became known on Tuesday that the director had mistakenly told Congress last week that Huma Abedin, a former adviser to Democratic ex-presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, had forwarded “hundreds and thousands” of e-mails to her husband’s laptop, something that never occurred.
US media reported Tuesday that some of Clinton’s e-mails were sent to the computer of Abedin’s husband, former New York Congressmen Anthony Weiner, when she was backing up her cellphone.
A few of those e-mails may have been sent to be printed out, the same sources reported, although certainly not the hundreds or thousands that Comey had claimed.
Furthermore, although Comey had told lawmakers in his testimony that some of the e-mails were classified, later the FBI said it had found no classified content in the messages recovered from Weiner’s computer.
The discovery of the e-mails on Weiner’s computer last October, just days before the presidential election, motivated Comey to alert Congress in a public letter that he was reopening the probe into Clinton’s private e-mail server.
Some Democrats, and Clinton herself, have blamed Comey for her election defeat for raising doubts about her handling of information just days before the Nov. 8 vote, which Trump wound up winning in the Electoral College.
Washington, May 10, 2017/Practica Español
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se ha abierto una investigación contra el director del FBI.
Comey no seguirá siendo el director del FBI.
Comey mantendrá su puesto de trabajo.
No se sabe.
Trump tomó esa decisión teniendo en cuenta las opiniones de unos fiscales.
Trump tomó esa decisión sin haber consultado al fiscal general.
Trump intentó evitar el cese de Comey.
la actuación de Comey no pudo haber influido en los resultados de los comicios.
la actuación de Comey influyó en los comicios.
la actuación de Comey fue favorable para la candidata demócrata.
No se sabe.
cree que la imagen del FBI continuará dañada tras el despido de Comey.
quiere mejorar la imagen del FBI con este despido.
considera irrelevante que los ciudadanos no confíen en el FBI.