Two days after the firing of FBI Director James Comey by President Donald Trump, and there’s still plenty of shit to sort through. Who’s going to be the former director’s permanent replacement? Why now—why the firing at this exact moment in time? What was the absolute “final straw” that precipitated the firing? Did President Trump make former Director Comey fly United home after being dismissed?
Okay, so that last one isn’t one of the most important questions to ask, but Seth Meyers gleefully pondered it anyway during his super-deluxe edition of “A Closer Look” on Wednesday night. This particular look has Meyers running through all of President Trump’s catchphrases (he has so many catchphrases), comparing the president to a Troll doll, comparing former Director Comey to Fredo Corleone, referencing the “pee tape” not once but twice and, of course, reviewing Anderson Cooper’s epic eye roll on CNN. There’s a lot to unpack, but it’s all delightful.
On a related note, former Director Comey penned a letter to his staff which can be read below, courtesy of CNN. Watch Meyers’ segment above.
I have long believed that a President can fire an FBI Director for any reason, or for no reason at all. I’m not going to spend time on the decision or the way it was executed. I hope you won’t either. It is done, and I will be fine, although I will miss you and the mission deeply.
I have said to you before that, in times of turbulence, the American people should see the FBI as a rock of competence, honesty, and independence. What makes leaving the FBI hard is the nature and quality of its people, who together make it that rock for America.
It is very hard to leave a group of people who are committed only to doing the right thing. My hope is that you will continue to live our values and the mission of protecting the American people and upholding the Constitution.
If you do that, you too will be sad when you leave, and the American people will be safer.
Working with you has been one of the great joys of my life. Thank you for that gift.