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Comey dismissal: Trump has turned a problem into a crisis

“It is quite likely that Congress will insist on a special investigator”

By Malcolm Rifkind  

Trump shakes hands with Comey in January 2017 ©Andrew Harrer/DPA/PA Images

President Trump’s letter to James Comey sacking him as Director of the FBI was only slightly longer than one of his regular tweets and hardly more informative. Using rather sinister language Comey was informed that he had been “hereby terminated” and that his removal from office was immediate.

No explanation was given other than that the President had received a recommendation from the Attorney General recommending that Comey go. There were no polite thanks to the director for…

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