Former FBI agents don’t seem as surprised as the rest of the world that James Comey was fired by President Trump today.
In fact, some of them are quite satisfied.
Fox News had several former FBI assistant directors on their broadcast Tuesday night to discuss former FBI Director James Comey’s firing, and they all said his recent behavior made this move rather predictable.
James Kallstrom, former FBI Assistant Director, said he is “glad it happened.”
“…Way back almost a year ago [Comey] kinda forgot he was the FBI director,” Kallstrom explained, going into Comey’s apparent mistakes in handling the investigation of Hillary Clinton.
“…So he made a lot of mistakes. I think basically he’s a good guy [but] he was lacking common sense.”
Another former Assistant Director, Bill Gavin, said he “feel[s] badly for [Comey]” but said, “it’s something that had to happen.”
“Jim Comey is a bright guy, he’s an ethical guy, but the bottom line is, when he made a prosecutive [sic] opinion in an investigative matter he made a mistake,” Gavin asserted.
“We all make mistakes in life, this was a big one.”
Former Assistant Director Ron Hosko said the firing was “shocking” but not at all surprising given the context.
“Certainly there are going to be some FBI who think he went too far back in July…I think, that is, reasonable minds can agree, the province of the prosecutor.”
Hosko also argued that Comey had to “throw himself on a grenade” over Loretta Lynch’s meeting with Bill Clinton, and being fired was the “price he had to pay.”