It appears Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey will be asked to stay on by the Trump Administration. Comey, who is in the fourth year of a 10-year-term, has been under scrutiny from the Department of Justice over his handling of the Clinton Email probe.
Trump and Comey have met twice since the election. The President had said he wanted to speak with Comey before deciding about what to do with regard to the director.
In his comments about Comey during a 60 Minutes interview, Trump said that he “would certainly like to talk to him. And see him. This is a tough time for him. And I would like to talk to him before I’d answer a question like that,” Trump said.
The FBI is currently investigating Russia’s cyber-activity and its possible influence on the outcome of the 2016 Election. The agency is also reported to be looking into the possibility that Trump himself may be guilty of some impropriety due to his association with the Russians.
Comey has come under criticism, especially from Democrats, over Russian interference in the election. Democrats are mostly upset over the new email allegations Comey brought to light less than two weeks before the election, which turned out to show no damaging information on Clinton, but nevertheless, may have cost her to lose votes. In fact, most within her party feel that the late announcement by Comey cost her the White House.
Comey’s conduct is being investigated by DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz – that probe is expected to last several months.
Comey, as Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation is not part of Trump’s cabinet, and is therefore, not obliged to automatically resign. It was thought, however Comey would resign after Trump’s election. While an official announcement has not been made about Comey, several new agencies, including the Washington Post, CNN and the New York Times have reported it’s all but a done deal.