James Comey urges FBI to maintain independence amid sacking fallout

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Ousted chief calls on staff he leaves behind not to spend time on the decision or the way it was executed, saying bureau must remain a rock for America

The former FBI director James Comey has urged the bureau he led until his abrupt dismissal by Donald Trump to remain a rock of competence, honesty, and independence.

Comey addressed friends and staff in a widely reported letter on Wednesday, in which he stated his belief that Trump, as president, had a right to fire him irrespective of the circumstances.

I have long believed that a president can fire an FBI director for any reason, or for no reason at all, Comey wrote in the letter, which was first obtained by CNN.

Im not going to spend time on the decision or the way it was executed. I hope you wont either.

It is done, and I will be fine, although I will miss you and the mission deeply.

Read more: www.theguardian.com

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