In the wake of the firing of FBI Director James Comey by President Donald Trump, we are learning more about the strained relationship between the two. In private, Director Comey used some pretty harsh words to describe his boss to his staff. In addition, President Trump had become increasingly frustrated by what he considered a lack of loyalty and competency in Comey.
According to a report in The New York Times, Comey was no real fan of President Trump and his style. He reportedly called Trump crazy for accusing former President Barack Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower.
It is unclear if President Trump was aware of how Comey talked about him, but regardless, Trump was no fan of his in return. The President had grown increasingly frustrated over Comey’s mistakes and failure to show any initiative in investigating both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.
Comey also called the president “outside the realm of normal,” according to a report from The New York Times on Wednesday.
The Times said that, in return, Trump was furious when Comey publicly refused to back his claims that he was wiretapped during the 2016 campaign before the House Intelligence Committee in March.
Comey said during the March 20 hearing that the FBI had “no information” supporting Trump’s allegations.The Times report highlights lingering tensions between the president and Comey that led Trump to decide to fire the FBI chief on Tuesday, a decision that stunned Washington.
Trump reportedly became increasingly angered by Comey’s remarks in the weeks after the March hearing and began discussing his possible firing.
The president told aides there was “something wrong with” Comey Sunday, two days before his ultimate ouster.
Comey reportedly, though, told associates that he thought Trump was unlikely to fire him, believing his removal would make people revisit how he handled the probe into Hillary Clinton’s email server — in particular the announcement days before the election that they were reopening the investigation. Comey thought that treating his decisions as wrong would call into question Trump’s election victory.
The former FBI director announced in March that the bureau was probing Russia’s intrusions in the 2016 race, including possible ties between Moscow and Trump’s campaign.
It sounds like this was a clash of personalities that was bound to end badly. We’re just disappointed the President actively avoided using his signature “You’re Fired” catchphrase.