President Trump has mocked the outrage at the firing of FBI director James Comey after he was unexpectedly dismissed yesterday.
The shock move, which has sent waves through Washington and raised fresh questions about Trump’s ties with Russia, was confirmed in a letter sent to the FBI headquarters on Tuesday afternoon.
But Trump has now hit back at Democrat senator Chuck Schumer, who criticised the dismissal, and claimed that he had previously undermined Comey.
Cryin' Chuck Schumer stated recently, "I do not have confidence in him (James Comey) any longer." Then acts so indignant. #draintheswamp
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 10, 2017
He wrote on Twitter: ‘Cryin’ Chuck Schumer stated recently, “I do not have confidence in him (James Comey) any longer.” Then acts so indignant. #DrainTheSwamp.’
In a letter that confirmed Comey’s dismissal, Trump wrote: ‘While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the bureau.
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‘It is essential that we find new leadership for the F.B.I. that restores public trust and confidence in its vital law enforcement mission.’
The unprecedented move was condemned by Trump’s critics.
Posting on Twitter, Bernie Sanders wrote: ‘Donald Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey raises serious questions about what his administration is hiding.’
Donald Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey raises serious questions about what his administration is hiding.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) May 9, 2017
Sen. Blumenthal: It certainly is "Nixonian" in tone to fire someone of this stature in the midst of an investigation https://t.co/oh8FrXCbQI
— CNN (@CNN) May 9, 2017
Former senior FBI official tells me: "I believe the intent here is to replace him with someone who will close" the Russia probe.
— Ken Dilanian (@KenDilanianNBC) May 9, 2017
Similar condemnation came from Democrat leader Nancy Pelosi, who claimed that the move threatened to ‘undermine’ American democracy.
She said: ‘The President’s sudden and brazen firing of the FBI Director raises the ghosts of some of the worst Executive Branch abuses. We cannot stand by and watch a coverup of the possible collusion with a hostile foreign power to undermine American democracy.’
President Trump is yet to specify the reason for Comey’s dismissal, but it is believed that it may be linked to Comey’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails and her links with Huma Abedin, the vice chair of her 2016 Presidential campaign.