The former FBI director, Jim Comey, was the most public head of the department the nation has ever experienced. But according to the Wall Street Journal, Comey who was a regular chatterbox last week at a Senate committee hearing could have saved his job from the presidential chopping block if he had only uttered three words the President needed to hear.
The FBI director utterly refused to “say those three little words: ‘There’s no ties,’” a source told the WSJ about Trump’s decision to fire Comey without any forewarning. Even though the former director had admitted to the president three times that he was not personally under FBI investigation, according to Trump’s letter firing him, he was adamant about not refuting questions about alleged Trump connections to Russia.
President Trump who has earned the reputation during his days as host of the TV show the “Apprentice” was never hesitate to firmly state the words “You’re Fired!” used the same approach to send Comey packing. Comey had to be startled by the firing because he had just indicated in a recent speech that he had 6 ½ more years left on his term as the FBI director.
Yet for all of his Washington insider experience, the man who had been appointed by former President Barack Obama in 2013, did not seem to have a real clear reading on this president who does not appear to tolerate game playing tactics. Instead of staying off camera as his FBI predecessors had done, Comey took full command of the spotlight to offer partial truths concerning his FBI investigations into Hillary Clinton. He was careful to only say enough that would keep both sides of the political aisle content, so he thought.
This was not only hard to swallow for either presidential political camp to swallow, it sent a clear signal to the presidential candidates that the FBI head was playing both sides against the middle. In effect, he was becoming ineffective except when he wanted to maintain his carefully crafted media profile, according to the Daily Caller.
In fact, one White House aide insisted that President Trump was upset with the former FBI director’s penchant for jumping in front of news cameras and wondered if Comey could be truly independent in his job while maintain such a high media profile as a possible media show horse.
On Tuesday, the president who had not heard the three words ‘There’s no ties,” ever uttered from Comey’s lips decided his fate by writing in a letter, “While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the Bureau.” The president added, ““It is essential that we find new leadership for the FBI that restores public trust and confidence in its vital law enforcement mission.”