You’re Fired!

May 17, 2017
Donald Trump speaking at CPAC 2011 in Washington, D.C. by Gage Skidmore via @Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0

Did you know that before Donald Trump became the President of the United States, he starred in a T.V. show called, “The Apprentice” where he got to fire people who did not perform well in a business-related task? His famous line was, “You’re fired!” It seems like life is now imitating art. On May 9th, President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. But why is firing a person big news, right? It’s not, except when you’re the President of the United States and you’ve just fired a person that was investigating how Russia might have influenced the presidential election in your favor. Yikes!

By Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Initially, when President Trump was asked why he fired Director Comey, he said that it was for how he handled the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails. You mean Hillary Clinton, the person President Trump was running against in last year’s presidential election? Yes, we’re talking about that Hillary Clinton. Later President Trump said that he fired Director Comey because his Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein suggested that he did. And yet later, President Trump said that he made the decision all on his own and that he had been thinking about firing Director Comey before the recommendation even came to him. So what was the real reason for firing Director Comey? No one really knows, but if Director Comey was fired because President Trump wanted to disrupt the investigation into Russia’s ties to last year’s presidential election, well, that could be grounds for impeachment.



What is the role of the FBI?

The FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) is a part of the U.S. government that gathers evidence and investigates crimes.

How does someone get the job of FBI Director?

Similar to how a U.S. Supreme Court Justice gets his or her job, the FBI Director is nominated by the President of the United States and must be confirmed by the Senate.

How long does an FBI Director serve?

FBI Directors serve a 10-year term unless they resign, die, or are removed from office. This 10-year term limit was established in 1976 as a way of preventing any abuse of power as the head of the FBI. Before this law was put in place, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover held onto the job for 48 years.

Can the President of the United States fire an FBI Director?


Has any other FBI Director been fired before?

Only one other FBI Director has ever been fired before. William Sessions was fired by former President Bill Clinton in 1993 when he was accused of doing things like taking a personal vacation, but calling it business-related. Face-palm.



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