Comey To Fellow FBI: “I Will Be Fine.”
A day after being unceremoniously let go, James Comey, former FBI Director has been on a mission to gently calm his former colleagues, who are seething with anger over Trump’s decision. Comey in an email to his former colleagues assured them that he would be okay – and persuaded them to continue doing their job as well as they had been, without any prejudice.
I have long believed that a President can fire an FBI Director for any reason, or for no reason at all. I’m not going to spend time on the decision or the way it was executed. I hope you won’t either. It is done, and I will be fine, although I will miss you and the mission deeply.
I have said to you before that, in times of turbulence, the American people should see the FBI as a rock of competence, honesty, and independence. What makes leaving the FBI hard is the nature and quality of its people, who together make it that rock for America.
It is very hard to leave a group of people who are committed only to doing the right thing. My hope is that you will continue to live our values and the mission of protecting the American people and upholding the Constitution.
If you do that, you too will be sad when you leave, and the American people will be safer.
Working with you has been one of the great joys of my life. Thank you for that gift.
Several employees, to CBS News, mentioned how they were touched by Comey’s email, but were very angry with the Trump administration. One special agent added, “I am not happy. I think this is bullshit. We are living in partisan times. Both sides criticized the director; that’s why he should still be in the job. The vast majority of the bureau is in favor of director Comey.“
Another special agent mentioned how they were “literally in tears.”
The FBI hasn’t been too high on morale recently, and the decision on Wednesday, further made the agents absolutely furious. Trump’s attempt to bury any investigation on his campaign and/ or his ties with Russia might have backfired completely, as the agents seem to be determined, now more than ever, to uncover any and all information on this issue, exposing the perpetrators.
As per the report:
One intelligence official who works on Russian espionage matters said they were more determined than ever to pursue such cases. Another said Comey’s firing and the subsequent comments from the White House are attacks that won’t soon be forgotten. Trump had “essentially declared war on a lot of people at the FBI,” one official said. “I think there will be a concerted effort to respond over time in kind.“
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