Former FBI Director James Comey was fired by President Donald Trump on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Comey sent a letter to friends and agents in the bureau expressing his gratitude to those he worked with, reports CNN.
Comey urged his fellow bureau employees not to dwell on the reasons behind his firing, and to instead focus on being a source of security for the American people.
I have long believed that a President can fire an FBI Director for any reason, or for no reason at all. I'm not going to spend time on the decision or the way it was executed. I hope you won't either. It is done, and I will be fine, although I will miss you and the mission deeply.
I have said to you before that, in times of turbulence, the American people should see the FBI as a rock of competence, honesty, and independence. What makes leaving the FBI hard is the nature and quality of its people, who together make it that rock for America.
It is very hard to leave a group of people who are committed only to doing the right thing. My hope is that you will continue to live our values and the mission of protecting the American people and upholding the Constitution.
If you do that, you too will be sad when you leave, and the American people will be safer.
Working with you has been one of the great joys of my life. Thank you for that gift.
To his credit, Comey's letter was noble & meant more than it overtly said. The man was humble and stately in the face of brute arrogance.— Adrián Lamo (@6) May 11, 2017
Comey's letter was generally well received on social media.
Comey's letter detailed his belief that the president can fire the director of the FBI for no reason at all. But Trump did have a reason, saying that the former director was "not doing a good job."
Republicans seem to be sticking to the narrative that Comey was dismissed for his mishandling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.
Democrats on the other hand argue that Comey was dismissed for investigating alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.