WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - James Comey was unceremoniously fired by President Trump on Tuesday after being appointed to a 10-year term by President Obama in 2013.
His tenure serving as the FBI director has been among the most tumultuous. Here is a timeline of events that led to his firing.
July 2016: As the presidential campaign was kicking into gear, director Comey announced that the FBI would not be pursuing criminal charges against Hillary Clinton and her handling of classified information using a private email account. Comey revealed this during a press conference from FBI headquarters and questioned Clinton’s judgement calling her “negligent.”
October 2016: Director Comey made a stunning announcement 11 days before the presidential election stating the FBI was investigating new emails that surfaced from Clinton’s advisor Huma Abedin. The investigation was looking into whether the newly discovered emails contained classified information.
November 6, 2016: The FBI announced two days before the election that there was no evidence that the new emails they discovered contained classified information. There was also no reason to change their previous decision of not charging Clinton.
November 8, 2016: President Trump beats Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.
March 2017: Comey testified to members of the House about a pending FBI investigation looking into whether Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with the Russian government to influence the 2016 presidential election. It is revealed the investigation began last July.
May 3, 2017: Comey testified again to the Senate saying he felt “mildly nauseous” about possibly having an influence on the presidential election due to the announcement he made in October.
May 9, 2017: President Trump relieves Director Comey from his duties. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein stated that Comey’s handling of the Clinton investigation was not done correctly. Critics of the move believe there is a conflict of interest because Comey was still investigating Trump officials and their relationship with the Russian government at the time of his firing.
May 10, 2017: President Trump defended his decision and said both parties will thank him. The Senate Intelligence Committee asked Comey to testify next Tuesday for the first time as a private citizen.