Sunday, 20 October, 2019


Federal Bureau of Investigation officials shocked at Comey firing, contrary to White House claim

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Bennie Garza | 06 February, 2018, 18:48

More than 100 Federal Bureau of Investigation leadership communications contradict claims by White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and tweets by President Trump about agency employees' response to the firing of former Director James Comey on May 9, 2017, the Lawfare blog reported today. At the time Comey was sacked, the White House line, peddled by SarahHuck and by the vulgar talking yam for whom she works, was that agents in the Bureau had "lost confidence" in Comey's leadership.

On Monday, Lawfare published the emails they received as a result of the FOIA request. Days after he fired Comey, Mr. Trump claimed that "Director Comey was very unpopular with most people", a remark he made during a news conference in late May. "I'd ask all to stand by for clarification of this reporting", special agent David Gelios wrote to all his staff.

As CNN reported at the time of Comey's firing, reaction to it was not universal, with some in the agency resenting the political spotlight he had brought on the bureau and others voicing appreciation for his independence from both sides of the political aisle, especially with critical comments Trump made about the intelligence community during the campaign and early in his presidency, along with his efforts to streamline administrative processes. I have no notification from headquarters of any such thing. I'm actively working to get any additional information, and will immediately pass to keep you updated. I am only sending this because I want everyone to know I have received no headquarters confirmation of the reporting. I am only sending this because I want everyone to know I have received no headquarters confirmation of the reporting. "Once I get anything new, will update accordingly".

While no correspondence from lower-level agents was included in the Lawfare report, the department and field office leaders in their emails describe a shared sense of loss.

"We all miss him".

Ferrick's memo to her staff was one of many released by the bureau and it suggests, as does a similar memo by the head of the other FBI New England division in Boston, that bureau rank and file were caught unaware.

According to Lawfare, in the wake of Comey's firing Kathryn Turman, assistant director for the Office for Victim Assistance, wrote to her staff, "Our hearts may be heavy but we must continue to do what we do best, which is to protect and serve the American people". "I have spoken to his staff that assured me any emails and letters sent to the Director's Office will be collected and delivered to him. Without overstating the matter or getting maudlin about it, it's safe to say that these messages show leaders who are shaken and concerned".

Multiple emails show that McCabe asked managers to emphasize the FBI's ongoing mission after the president fired Comey amid the Justice Department's investigation of Trump campaign ties to Russian Federation. She went on: "All of the people I talked to described having the same reaction when they heard that the director had been fired: complete shock, followed by deep sadness".

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