Can FBI director Comey be fired?
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The president may remove a director for adequate cause. President Clinton dismissed Director William Sessions halfway through his term on charges that Sessions misused official resources—such as using FBI aircraft for personal trips.
Congress can also remove an FBI director by impeachment. Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution says that any civil officer can be removed if the Senate convicts him of “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.” A two-thirds vote is required for conviction.
In any situation, however, it is much more likely that the president would ask an FBI director to resign rather than fire him.
Should Americans Demand Congress Impeach Obama’s FBI Director Comey? FBI Director James Comey has broken the sacred trust of the American people.
He conducted two faux investigations into the State Department email scandal. He handed out immunity and ignored evidence to protect the Clinton Team from prosecution. He put President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton’s political legacy ahead of the law.
He made secret deals to destroy evidence, thwarting congressional subpoenas. That’s called obstruction of justice. It’s a crime.
President Obama’s FBI Director violated the law. He violated his oath of office. It’s corruption at the highest level.
The FBI Director’s job is to uphold the law, not break it; investigate crimes, not commit them.
FBI Director Comey must be impeached.
Here’s what you need to know.
Can Comey be fired Under the Law?
Yes he can be, Presidents May Fire FBI Directors!
Under a United States statute that first went into effect in 1968, FBI directors are nominated by the president and must be confirmed by the Senate — a process similar to the nomination and confirmation of Supreme Court justices or presidential cabinet officials.
Unlike the justices, who are appointed for life and cannot be fired — but can be impeached by congress (which has happened only one time in American history) — or cabinet officials who have no set terms, the FBI director is appointed to a single term of 10 years.
The statute establishing the 10-year term limit was passed in 1976, four years after the death of legendary FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, who held on to the job for 48 years.
But according to a 2014 report by the Congressional Research Service, “there are no statutory conditions on the President’s authority to remove the FBI Director.” In other words, the President can indeed fire the FBI director.
But only one FBI directors was ever fired by a president — William S. Sessions who had been appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1987, but who was beset by allegations of ethics violations, such as disguising private vacations as law enforcement business and using a chauffeured government limousine for personal transportation.
Because firing an FBI director is certain to bring accusations of playing politics with law enforcement against any president who chooses to do so, Clinton repeatedly asked Sessions to resign his post. But Sessions refused to step down.
So in July of 1993, saying that he had been advised by then-attorney general Janet Reno that Sessions “can no longer effectively lead the bureau and law enforcement community,” Clinton fired the FBI director — eventually appointing Freeh in his place.
A spokesman for Obama said the former president never authorized a wiretap of Trump or any other American citizen.
Neither Justice nor the FBI would comment Sunday.
In his claims early Saturday morning, the president tweeted that he “just found out” that Obama had “my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower” before the election, comparing it to “McCarthyism.”
“Is it legal for a sitting President to be ‘wire-tapping’ a race for president prior to an election?” Trump asked in another tweet. “Turned down by a court earlier. A NEW LOW!”
By Sunday morning, the White House doubled down on Trump’s explosive tweetstorm and called for the congressional probe.
Current and former government officials said such surveillance would not have been approved by any senior Justice official in the Obama administration without Obama knowing.
“This is Nixon/Watergate,” Trump tweeted Saturday.
A spokesman for Obama countered several hours later that the former president never authorized a wiretap of Trump or any other American citizen. “Any suggestion otherwise is simply false,” the spokesman said.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Sunday cited “reports” of “potentially politically motivated investigations” during the 2016 campaign, calling them “troubling.”
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“President Donald J. Trump is requesting that as part of their investigation into Russian activity, the congressional intelligence committees exercise their oversight authority to determine whether executive branch investigative powers were abused in 2016,” Spicer said. “Neither the White House nor the President will comment further until such oversight is conducted,” the statement added.
What is Comey Up to Now? So we now know the answer to, can Comey be fired, so will he be?
FBI Director Comey asked Justice officials to refute Trump’s unproved wiretapping claims.
FBI Director James Comey asked the Justice Department this weekend to issue a statement refuting President Donald Trump’s claim that President Barack Obama ordered a wiretap of Trump’s phones before the election, according to U.S. officials, but the department did not do so.
Comey made the request on Saturday after Trump accused Obama on Twitter of having his “‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower.” The White House expanded on Trump’s comments Sunday with a call for a congressional probe of his allegations.
Comey’s request is sure to raise eyebrows in light of his actions last year in the bureau’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server.
It is not clear why Comey, who is the senior-most law enforcement officer who has been overseeing the FBI investigation from its inception in the Obama administration, did not himself issue a statement to refute Trump’s claims. Nor is it clear to whom he made his request.
Appearing on ABCs “This Week,” White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders repeatedly said that the president’s allegation was worth looking into.
“He’s asking that we get down to the bottom of this, let’s get the truth here, let’s find out,” Huckabee Sanders said. “I think the bigger story isn’t who reported it, but is it true? And I think the American people have a right to know if this happened, because if it did, again, this is the largest abuse of power that, I think, we have ever seen.”
Asked whether Trump truly believes Obama wiretapped him, Huckabee Sanders stated, “I would say that his tweet speaks for itself there,” she said.
A day after President Donald Trump alleged that then-President Barack Obama had ordered the wiretapping of the Republican’s campaign headquarters, the White House says it won’t comment further until congressional oversight committees investigate the matter.
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