Trump Advisors Consider Pressuring Comey to Resign
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Advisers to the President-elect are debating whether or not to keep FBI Director James Comey after his agency came under intense criticism over its handling of the Hillary Clinton private email server investigation.
Comey has seven years left in his 10-year term and voiced his desire to continue to serve under a Trump administration, but Trump and his advisers may pressure Comey to step down.
On CBS's 60 Minutes Sunday, Trump declined to comment on whether he would ask Comey to resign.
"I haven't made up my mind," Trump said. "I respect him a lot, I respect the FBI a lot ... I would like to talk to him before I answer a question like that."
While Trump may be undecided, numerous pundits, legal analysts, and other politicians are urging him to resign.
Will #FBI Dir. Comey resign in 2016?— Joyce Karam (@Joyce_Karam) November 6, 2016
When Comey sent the letter to Congress less than two weeks before the election stating his decision to reopen the Clinton email server investigation based upon emails uncovered in the Anthony Weiner investigation, many considered it a political move.
“You don’t do this,” a former senior official from the Justice Department told the New Yorker’s Jane Meyer, adding that the decision was “aberrational” and “violates decades of practice” due to the fact that “it impugns the integrity and reputation of the candidate, even though there’s no finding by a court, or in this instance even an indictment.”
Still others were hesitant to judge Comey’s actions.
"We must await more evidence, but just from the outside, it seemed to me that James Comey was trying to keep the FBI nonpartisan," said historian Timothy Naftali, an associate professor at New York University.
The FBI director serves at the pleasure of the president, and it would not be unprecedented to pressure the director to resign, Naftali said.
"If Trump chooses [to] replace Comey with a sycophantic yes-man, or if he permits Comey to resign over law or principle, that will be a clear bellwether to both the national security and civil libertarian communities that things are going terribly wrong," wrote National security scholars, Susan Hennessey and Benjamin Wittes, on their Lawfare blog.
Listen to the full segment on NPR below.
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