FULL TEXT: President Trump’s dismissal letter to FBI Director James Comey

trumpcomeyletterDear Director Comey,

I have received the attached letters from the Attorney General – who was a fantastic appointment and very well praised, by, I think, everybody – and Deputy Attorney General of the United States recommending your dismissal as the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. I have accepted their recommendation and you are hereby terminated and removed from office, effective immediately.

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.

While I also appreciate, greatly, your six phone calls informing me of my tremendous taste in Oval Office furnishings, as well the enormous size of my inauguration crowd – which you repeatedly insisted was the biggest you had ever seen – I will still have to move ahead with your dismissal.

I do not take the decision lightly, in part because of your very generous belief that the 110 days you have served under my administration has been the best 110 days of your career, and because you have told me, on more than one occasion, that my presidency has been tremendously effective, perhaps, even, one of the most effective ever.

It is in fact, in spite of those things, and in spite of the fact you told me that there is an enormous, ongoing investigation into wiretapping conducted by the Obama administration targeting me, my family, and potentially vulnerable disabled veterans that could, foreseeably, lead to charges of treason punishable by death, that I have to make the decision – in the interests of the country – that you must leave your post as soon as possible.

What makes it especially hard to make such a call are your repeated reassurances that my poll numbers are very high, very good, like you wouldn’t believe, and that on the occasions that you have met her, Hillary Clinton smelled very, very bad indeed.

It is also my understanding that you may be relieved to hear this news, as you have told me recently you are getting very tired because of all the winning our administration is doing. Winning can be quite tiring, but I am afraid that we will keep on winning, and it is the advice of both the Attorney General – who you have told me four times you think was an excellent choice that I made – and the Deputy Attorney General, that the Bureau is in need of someone who is more cut out for winning.

It is essential, even though you have confided in me that you think Barack Obama is dumb and that Chuck Schumer is a loser (very sad!), that we find new leadership for the FBI that restores public trust and confidence in its vital law enforcement mission.

In closing, despite the fact you voted for me in both the primaries and the general election and donated the maximum allowable amount to my campaign, I must wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors,

Donald J. Trump


P.S. I did receive your text message about the Bureau’s discovery that the nasty women who accused me of horrible things during the campaign were agents of a foreign government. That was greatly appreciated, and I respect your desire not to disclose that publicly at this time.