FBI Director James Comey’s firing by President Trump was swift and sudden. He initially thought his firing was a prank as the news of his removal played on TVs behind him at an FBI event in LA. But this was not the case. Trump cut ties with him so quickly, it even left some wondering how the former FBI Director would get back from the aforementioned diversity talk in Los Angeles. Luckily for Comey, he didn’t have to stick his thumb out and was able to hitch a ride back to Washington on a private jet.
Back home and a day removed from his termination, Comey has addressed his erstwhile co-workers with a rather touching letter, acquired by CNN:
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.