Only a day after his unexpected firing, former FBI Director James Comey is ready to move on from what could be a career debacle. He is also urging his friends, former colleagues including agents, and the public to quickly move forward from the issue as well. Comey shared his thoughts in a farewell letter sent to friends and colleagues on Wednesday.
Comey's letter read in full:
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 the gift.
Comey served the agency for three and a half years after being appointed by former President Barack Obama. President Trump unexpectedly terminated Comey on Tuesday after a finding by the Department of Justice that he mishandled the Hillary Clinton email investigation last year. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein both recommended to President Trump to fire Comey.
Trump himself wrote Comey's termination letter and was hand-delivered (http://www.thegoldwater.com/news/2804-Trump-Fires-Comey).
The search for Comey's replacement has immediately begun as soon as his firing was announced. Among those names floated to take over is FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.