Trump Fire Comey, News Became Twitter “Top Trending Worldwide” & Bought Watergate Back into Memory

While Comey had been speaking to field agents in the FBI’s Los Angeles field office, news of his ouster broke on TV. Comey found out he’d been sacked via TV.

Comey, understandably, bailed on that event, and was seen on TV news outlets boarding his plane at LAX around 5:55 PM PT and taking off at 6:03 PM, to return to Washington. By which time, “Comey” was the top trending topic on Twitter, worldwide.  “FBI Director” also was among the big trenders worldwide.

Comey’s firing, in the third year of his 10-year term, took TV news outlets by surprise, Comey being considered untouchable while he was heading the investigation into Russian meddling during the election. The FBI had confirmed in July it was engaged in a criminal investigations of improper connections between Trump associates and Russia – an investigation that continues.

In a statement, Trump’s White House said Comey was informed he has been “terminated and removed from office” based on the recommendation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein. Comey was informed of his ouster via a letter hand delivered to his office. In that letter Trump said “you are hereby terminated and removed from office effective immediately.”

Explaining the firing, Trump cited the recommendations of Sessions and Rosenstein. That’s the same Sessions who had to recuse himself from the Russia investigation because of his own contacts with Russians that he initially failed to disclose. According to some TV news reports, Trump had been mulling the move since Rosenstein’s appointment was confirmed a couple weeks ago.

But here, for all of those ironies, is the stark bottom line: The president of the United States just fired the director of the FBI in the midst of an ongoing investigation into his campaign’s possible collusion with a hostile, authoritarian power. And that is a very scary sign of what he may have in store for the American republic over the next four years.

Vox reports (source) why the Comey firing could be Trump’s Watergate moment.

It’s genuinely rare to be able to say you’re living in a historic moment, one already being compared with some justification to Watergate. But that’s where we find ourselves in the aftermath of President Trump’s stunning dismissal of FBI Director James Comey.

There’s a huge amount to unpack here, but here’s what is perhaps the single most important fact: The president of the United States, whose campaign is under FBI investigation over its potential ties to Russia, just fired the head of the FBI — the person in charge of that very investigation.

Mounting evidence that multiple members of the Trump campaign were in direct contact with Russian intelligence in the runup to the election — and in several cases subsequently lied about it — has been at the center of a simmering scandal that Trump has been unable to shake. His sudden decision to oust Comey ensures that scandal will bedevil the rest of the Trump presidency — and, potentially, bring it to a premature close.

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Let’s pause and note that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said that Comey was ousted over his grievous mishandling of the FBI’s Hillary Clinton email probe, a gaffe that may have cost Clinton the presidency and that has been the subject of an ongoing investigation by the Justice Department’s own internal watchdog. Comey drew new criticism earlier Tuesday when the FBI was forced to walk back his false assertions that Clinton aide Huma Abedin had improperly forwarded thousands of emails to her husband, Anthony Weiner.

The FBI chief may have deserved to lose his job over how badly he bungled the Clinton probe — which included breaking with historical precedent and disclosing, just 11 days before the election, that he was reopening the probe into her email servers — but imagine if he had been fired by a President Hillary Clinton. Republicans across Capitol Hill would be making immediate calls for her impeachment.

Initial comments from powerful Republicans like Senate Foreign Relations Chair Bob Corker suggest that the GOP is in a wait-and-see mode and hasn’t yet decided to break with Trump. Still, the Comey firing is already leading to calls for a special prosecutor capable of issuing subpoenas without needing the approval of Republican-led committees in the House and Senate.

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Trump fires FBI Director Comey, setting off U.S. political storm | Reuters

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59 mins ago – WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump ignited a political firestorm on Tuesday by firing FBI Director James Comey, who had been leading an investigation into the Trump 2016 presidential campaign’s possible collusion with Russia to influence the election outcome.

Trump fires FBI director Comey – CNBC.com

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7 hours ago – Trump fires FBI Director Comey. President Donald Trump has dismissed FBI Director James Comey; Attorney General Jeff Sessions and …

Trump fires FBI director James Comey – CNNPolitics.com – CNN.com

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2 hours ago – Washington (CNN) President Donald Trump on Tuesday fired FBI Director James Comey, sweeping away the man who is responsible for the …

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1 hour ago – US president cites Comey’s handling of Clinton email investigation, as ‘Nixonian’ move condemned by Democrats and civil society groups.

F.B.I. Director James Comey Is Fired by Trump – The New York Times

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/09/us/politics/james-comey-fired-fbi.html

10 hours ago – President Trump often publicly pushed back against the now-fired director of the F.B.I., James Comey, including over Hillary Clinton’s emails …

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2 hours ago – Donald Trump has fired James Comey, the FBI director, over his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails, a dramatic dismissal …

Trump fires FBI Director Comey | Fox News

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6 hours ago – President Trump on Tuesday fired FBI Director James Comey, abruptly ending a rocky year-long stretch for the top law enforcement officer who …

Why Did Trump Fire Comey? | FiveThirtyEight

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7 hours ago – President Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday raises one hugely important question: Did the president dump Comey …

President Trump fires FBI Director James Comey – USA Today

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9 hours ago – WASHINGTON — President Trump stunned the political world by firing FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday, an abrupt ending to a tenure …

Trump Fires James Comey as FBI Chief – WSJ

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3 hours ago – President Donald Trump fired James Comey as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, citing his handling of the investigation into …

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4 hours ago – President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday after senior Justice Department officials concluded that he’d mishandled …

Donald Trump Fires FBI Director James Comey | Deadline

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8 hours ago – Updated throughout with details: President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday afternoon. In a statement, Trump’s White …

President Trump fires FBI Director Comey – The Washington Post

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6 hours ago – President Trump fired FBI Director James B. Comey on Tuesday, at the recommendation of senior Justice Department officials who said he had …

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US President Donald Trump fires FBI director James Comey – SMH.com

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7 hours ago – US President fires James Comey, whom Hillary Clinton blamed for handing last year’s election to Trump.

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10 hours ago – Updated at 9:22 p.m. ET. The president has fired FBI Director James Comey, who was overseeing an investigation into Russian meddling in the …

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8 hours ago – The decision by U.S. President Donald Trump to fire FBI director James Comey is alarming and part of a global shift away from democratic …

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3 hours ago – President Donald Trump abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday, dramatically ousting the nation’s top law enforcement official in …

James Comey: FBI Director Fired by President Donald Trump | Time.com

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5 hours ago – President Donald Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey, the White House said in a statement Tuesday evening. “Today President Donald J. Trump informed FBI Director James Comey that he has been terminated and removed from office,” Press Secretary Sean Spicer said in a statement.

President Trump Fires FBI Director James Comey | Zero Hedge

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10 hours ago – The President of the United States has exercised his lawful authority to remove James B. Comey, Jr., as the Director of the Federal Bureau of …

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7 hours ago – President Donald Trump made waves on Tuesday as the White House announced he had suddenly fired FBI Director James Comey, …

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4 hours ago – President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey after the Justice Department concluded he mishandled probe of Clinton emails.

Trump fires FBI chief, citing handling of Clinton email investigation – LA …

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7 hours ago – President Trump has fired FBI Director James B. Comey, saying that the dramatic move was necessary to allow a “new beginning” at the FBI.

President Trump suddenly fires FBI director James Comey – VICE News

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9 hours ago – President Trump abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday, a move that stunned the nation’s capital and comes at time when the …

Trump shocks with ouster of FBI’s Comey – POLITICO

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22 hours ago – President Donald Trump on Tuesday abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey, raising fresh doubts about the integrity of the FBI’s ongoing …

James Comey fired: Donald Trump sacks FBI Director – News.com.au

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5 hours ago – DONALD Trump’s decision to abruptly fire FBI Director James Comey has ignited a fearsome political firestorm in the United States.

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6 hours ago – FBI Director James Comey testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, in Washington last week. Donald Trump fired the …

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Into the Abyss: Trump Fires Comey – Talking Points Memo

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3 hours ago – President Donald Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey, in a truly shocking move that throws the independence and future of the top law …

Trump fires Comey as investigations into Russia ties heat up | MSNBC

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7 hours ago – Rachel Maddow traces the timeline of events in the investigations into Donald Trump and his associates leading up to the firing of FBI Director …

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7 hours ago – Harry Reid has called for FBI Director James Comey to resign for allegedly withholding information on President-elect Donald Trump’s ties to …

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8 hours ago – Long before FBI Director James Comey was fired Tuesday, President Donald Trump had complaints about how the nation’s top law …

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3 hours ago – US president says move essential to restore “public trust” but fuels concerns about integrity of Clinton emails inquiry.

Why Did Trump Fire Comey? | The American Conservative

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5 hours ago – Do you really believe that Donald Trump fired Jim Comey because he was mean to Hillary Clinton? No, seriously, do you believe that?

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8 hours ago – The firing of James Comey puts the Trump-Russia investigation in immediate jeopardy and removes from the investigative hierarchy the one …

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7 hours ago – President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday, and the president wasted no time in beginning the search for a new FBI …

President Trump Fires FBI Director Comey « CBS New York

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5 hours ago – WASHINGTON (CBSNewYork/CBS News) — President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey Tuesday afternoon, relieving him of all …

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8 hours ago – President Donald Trump abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey Tuesday, ousting the nation’s top law enforcement official in the midst of an …

President Trump fires FBI Director James Comey – WCVB-TV

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5 hours ago – The Federal Bureau of Investigations Director James Comey has been fired by President Donald Trump. … Search for new permanent FBI Director will begin immediately, White House says after Pres. Trump fires James Comey. … Sessions’ letter to the president Tuesday said the FBI director …

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8 hours ago – Three top Republican senators on Tuesday questioned President Donald Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey. Sens. John McCain, Bob Corker, and Richard Burr all made separate statements on Tuesday about Trump’s unexpected decision. … The White House said Trump was acting …

Trump Fires FBI Director James Comey | HuffPost

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9 hours ago – WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump on Tuesday fired FBI Director James Comey, who had been leading an investigation into whether …

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2 hours ago – WASHINGTON — President Trump abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey Tuesday night, dismissing the man who has been leading the …

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7 hours ago – In a stunning move, President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday over his mishandling of the investigation into Hillary …

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8 hours ago – Krauthammer’s Take: To Fire Comey Now Is ‘Almost Inexplicable’ … If that was so offensive to the Trump Administration, what you would have …

Trump Fires FBI Director James Comey | Foreign Policy

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9 hours ago – President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday, removing from office the veteran head of the agency carrying out a …

Citing FBI handling of Clinton emails, Donald Trump fires James Comey

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9 hours ago – President Donald Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey. In his letter to Comey, Trump said the move was recommended by Attorney …

GOP senators split over Trump’s decision to fire Comey | TheHill

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9 hours ago – GOP senators were split Tuesday over President Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, with many Republicans appearing to be …

Trump fires FBI director James Comey – World – CBC News

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7 hours ago – U.S. President Donald Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey, left. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters, Mario Tama/Getty Images). shares. comments.

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10 hours ago – President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey amid the agency’s investigation of Russian interference in last year’s election, saying …

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9 hours ago – President Donald Trump abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey Tuesday, ousting the nation’s top law enforcement official in the midst of an …

Trump Fires FBI Director James Comey – The Atlantic

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10 hours ago – President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday, a shocking dismissal that removes the top federal law-enforcement official …

Jeff Sessions recommended Trump fire James Comey in letter | AL.com

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10 hours ago – U.S. Attorney General Jeff Session successfully pushed for President Trump to fire FBI Director James Comey, arguing that “a fresh start is …

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9 hours ago – FBI Director James Comey was fired Tuesday by President Donald Trump over his handling for the Hillary Clinton e-mail scandal. A search has …

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Trump defends firing FBI’s Comey by mocking Chuck Schumer | Daily …

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10 hours ago – Donald Trump defended his firing of James Comey in a tweet Tuesday night … Trump told Comey that he was fired via a letter late Tuesday …

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9 hours ago – President Donald Trump has fired FBI director James B. Comey. According to White House spokesman Sean Spicer, it was over his handling of …

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7 hours ago – WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey Tuesday, dramatically ousting the nation’s top law …

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9 hours ago – If Trump fires Comey down the road, when he’s in the middle of investigating this or that Trump scandal, [Democrats] will squawk vociferously …

President Trump fires FBI Director James Comey | New York Post

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10 hours ago – President Trump abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey late Tuesday for a startling reason — ending the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s e-mail server. “The FBI’s reputation and credibility have suffered substantial damage, and it has affected the entire Department of …

Democrats call for special investigator after Trump fires Comey: ‘This is …

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9 hours ago – Trump fired Comey in a surprise announcement Tuesday evening. Comey’s FBI was investigating Trump’s campaign and any connections it …

Bradd Jaffy on Twitter: “TRUMP FIRES COMEY https://t.co/FmaTzz6Mnr”

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10 hours ago – What this really means, mr blinded by hate, is that there will be a search for a new Dir, and Comey can’t write “intent” into laws for Dems.

President Trump fires FBI Director Comey – Hot Air Hot Air

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10 hours ago – FBI Director James Comey was fired by President Trump. ABC News has a brief statement released by Sean Spicer: BREAKING: FBI Director …

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10 hours ago – President Donald Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey at the recommendation of US Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy …

James Comey, FBI director, fired – Live updates – CBS News

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10 hours ago – Last Updated May 9, 2017 8:50 PM EDT. President Donald Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey. “I have received the attached letters …

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7 hours ago – U.S. President Donald Trump greets Director of the FBI James Comey as Director of the Secret Service Joseph Clancy (L) watches during the …

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7 hours ago – OPINION: US President Donald Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey. And while the termination happened rather quickly – mere hours …

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10 hours ago – I have been waiting for President Trump to do this for quite awhile. Then I wondered too if he could fire him. So glad he could and did. Comey …

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