So why was James Comey fired?
Was it because he mishandled the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server, last year?
Maybe, but not likely.
At least that’s the way it seems in a recent story from the Washington Post.
According to the Post, Trump was miffed that Comey did not back his claims of having been wiretapped by the Obama administration, among other things.
Comey’s lack of support partially led Trump to fire him, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.
The Post said that Trump was also angry Comey publicly revealed the breadth of counterintelligence into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential race.
Trump also disliked Comey paying more attention to the FBI’s probe of Russian election interference than leaks from administration officials to journalists.
Supposedly, Trump has become increasingly frustrated with Comey and was looking for some reason to fire him. Comey, himself, has said that the president didn’t need a justification for firing him. Still, the timing of it has rubbed a lot of people on both sides of the aisle the wrong way.
Comey announced in March that the FBI’s investigation would include possible ties between Trump’s campaign and Russia.
Trump began claiming then – without presenting evidence – that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower in New York City during the 2016 race.
Comey told the House Intelligence Committee in March that the FBI had “no information” backing Trump’s allegations.
The only way the timing could have been worse would be if Trump had fired Comey immediately after he disputed Trump’s claims of having been wiretapped.
The Post is standing by this story, saying that they’ve confirmed it with 30 sources, some within the White House, others from the Department of Justice, the FBI, and Trump confidantes.