Trump fired Comey in fury over leaks: reports

Greg Nash

President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey because he was furious about leaks coming from the bureau, according to multiple reports.

Both The Washington Post and The New York Times reported that Trump was angry that Comey had not pursued the source of the leaks, which have been a major concern of the Trump administration since the inauguration.

The president was also reportedly unhappy with Comey’s “disloyalty” over Trump’s accusation that former President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower before the presidential election, according to the Times. Comey, who had been leading the FBI’s probe into potential ties between Trump campaign staff members and Russia, testified in March that the Justice Department had “no information” to support Trump’s wiretapping allegation. 

The White House has provided multiple reasons for Comey’s firing since Tuesday.

{mosads}The administration first said the recommendations of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein were the basis for Comey’s firing. 

But according to the Post, Trump made the decision to fire Comey following his testimony last week in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The president then asked Sessions and Rosenstein to provide a written rationale for Comey’s release.

Rosenstein in his memorandum to Trump cited Comey’s handling of the investigation into Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of State, saying the FBI director “made serious mistakes.”

White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders later referenced Comey’s “atrocities” in his management of the Clinton investigation as grounds for his termination. 

Trump, meanwhile, said on Wednesday Comey was fired for “not going a good job.”

The leaks, in particular, have been a concern among members of the administration and individuals on the right. In the wake of the fallout from Comey’s firing, Matt Drudge warned of the “danger” of the leaks coming from the White House, echoing the administration’s concerns over the flow of information reaching the press.

“We never got 1 damaging leak out of Obama White House staff in 8 yrs. Under Trump, they appear hourly. BIG DANGER: Small leaks sink ships!!” Drudge wrote on Twitter Wednesday afternoon.

The reclusive editor of the Drudge Report said the White House needs to do “major house cleaning” in order to survive.

Trump has repeatedly referenced the leaks on his Twitter account, saying it is necessary to “find the leakers within the FBI itself.”

One day before firing Comey, Trump called on former acting Attorney General Sally Yates to explain how information leaked to newspapers about former national security advisor Mike Flynn’s conversation with the Russian ambassador.

“Ask Sally Yates, under oath, if she knows how classified information got into the newspapers soon after she explained it to W.H. Council,” Trump wrote on Twitter Monday.

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