President Donald Trump has fired the top official leading the investigation into ties between the Trump administration and Russia.
President Trump shocked the world yet again on Tuesday by abruptly terminating the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation James Comey just three years into his ten-year term. Comey was also the top official leading the investigation into ties between the Trump administration and Russia.
While Trump and his associates are adamant that the firing had nothing to do with the Russia investigation, the announcement comes just days after Comey asked the Justice Department for more resources for the bureau’s investigation into Russia’s interference in last year’s election.
As a direct result of Comey’s firing, Trump now has the ability to appoint the next Director of the F.B.I., who will be responsible for finishing the investigation into ties between Russia and Trump.
Agents within the F.B.I. fear that Trump could appoint a White House ally in an attempt to cover up actions within the administration.
Trump says the decision is based on Comey’s controversial handling of the investigation of Hillary Clinton using a private email server, despite having benefited politically from Comey’s efforts. Trump went as far as commending Comey for his “guts” in pursuing Clinton while campaigning just days before winning the presidency.
Many are drawing a parallel to the Watergate-era Saturday Night Massacre where President Nixon was responsible for the firing and resignation of three individuals tasked with investigating the White House’s involvement with the scandal.
The story is still developing as of now, and no one can be sure of the implications Comey’s firing will have on the Bureau, the Russia investigation or the current administration.