On Wednesday, James Comey, former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, sent a letter to friends and agents after President Trump fired him the previous day.
“I have long believed that a President can fire an FBI director for any reason, or for no reason at all,” he wrote, according to CNN. “I’m not going to spend time on the decision or the way it was executed.”
He continued: “I hope you won’t either. It is done, and I will be fine, although I will miss you and the mission deeply.”
Comey further told his colleagues that they should continue with their “mission of protecting the American people and upholding the Constitution.”
He went on to describe the FBI as a “rock” for Americans.
“It is very hard to leave a group of people who are committed only to doing the right thing. What makes leaving the FBI hard is the nature and quality of its people, who together make it that rock for America,” he said.
On Tuesday, the White House announced that on the recommendation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, President Trump had fired Comey.
Defending his decision to fire Comey, President Trump, earlier on Wednesday, argued that the former FBI Director “was not doing a good job.”
According to various reports surfacing on Wednesday, Comey had asked for more money and personnel for his agency’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Reportedly, Comey made the request for extra resources and personnel during last week’s meeting with Rosenstein, who eventually wrote to the Justice Department, justifying his ouster.
Sarah Isgur Flores, FBI’s top spokeswoman, clarified that any reports regarding Comey’s request for more resources and funds are “totally false.”
President Trump’s decision to dismiss Comey stunned Washington and the country as a whole, with many raising the issue of the timing of the dismissal.
In March, Comey announced that the FBI’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential elections included possible collusion between Moscow and Trump’s campaign team.