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FILE - In this March 1, 2016 file photo, FBI Director James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Comey warned again Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016, about the bureau's inability to access digital devices because of encryption and said investigators were collecting information about the challenge in preparation for an "adult conversation" next year. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

It really sucks to be James Comey right now. The FBI director is getting calls to resign.


It really sucks to be James Comey right now. The FBI director is getting calls to resign.

WATCH | There's not a whole lot Washington agrees on these days, but one thing for sure, a lot of people are really pissed at FBI director James Comey. 

Some want him to lose his job 

On Friday, editors at the Wall Street Journal published an opinion article saying Comey should resign or be fired by the Trump administration for the good of the bureau. 

“The best service Mr. Comey can render his country now is to resign,” the editors wrote Thursday. "Failing that, [Sen.] Jeff Sessions [R-Ala.] should invite him in for a meeting after he is confirmed as Attorney General and ask him to resign."

But if the FBI director has demonstrated anything in the last year, it's that he has lost the trust of nearly everyone in Washington, along with every American who believes the FBI must maintain its reputation as a politically impartial federal agency.
Wall Street Journal

The editorial board said that Comey could not lead the FBI when he had lost the trust of so many. 

DOJ investigation 

The journal's call for Comey's firing came a day after the Justice Department's Office of Inspector General announced it would launch a probe into the bureau's conduct leading up to the 2016 election. 

The investigation comes after multiple lawmakers raised concerns about Comey's decision to publicly announce the FBI had reopened it's investigation of Hillary Clinton just weeks before the election. 

Some blame Comey for Clinton's loss. 

Losing friends in Washington 

More lawmakers are becoming distrustful of Comey.  Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York, said in November that he had lost confidence in the FBI director. 

"I think steps were taken by the director of the FBI near the election which were not precedented," Rep. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, told reporters this week. 

Even Republican  Rep. Jason Chaffetz, admitted the probe was necessary. 

No love from Trump 

After questioning the intelligence community's assessment of Russia's involvement in the 2016 election hacks, Trump had some harsh words for their handling of an unverified dossier about him. 

"that's something that Nazi Germany would have done," he told reporters at a press conference. 

 Comey is in his fourth year of a ten-year term as FBI director. It can only be cut short if he resigns, or if the president fires him. 

Only one FBI chief has ever been fired, William Sessions in 1993. 

In a statement Thursday, Comey said he is "grateful to the Department of Justice’s IG for taking on this review,” adding that “everyone will benefit from thoughtful evaluation and transparency regarding this matter.”

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