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Donald Trump's reasons for firing FBI director James Comey are 'highly implausible', says City US politics expert

Professor Inderjeet Parmar says Trump's recent actions are unlike any seen from a US president in history

by Ed Grover (Senior Communications Officer)

Inderjeet ParmarCommenting on the news that Donald Trump has fired FBI director James Comey, US politics expert Professor Inderjeet Parmar, of the Department of International Politics at City, says the president’s justification is “highly implausible” and his actions are unlike any seen from a US president in history.

He said: “The Trump administration’s explanation for firing James Comey sounds highly implausible, given that they have had a large amount of time to do something about his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

“Comey’s critical error, of misleading a Senate committee, appears to warrant a reprimand of some sort but doesn’t seem worthy of a dismissal. And its timing is very suspicious, as the FBI’s investigation into alleged links between Trump's team and Russia appears to be gathering some pace.

“If we look at previous presidents, Trump’s actions and issues – including firing the FBI director – are like nothing we have seen before.

“Nothing in history compares to what we have seen over the past year – from the election campaign itself and Trump’s offensive language, to his sackings, tweets, misinformation and legislative incompetence.

“The one comparison that comes to mind is not encouraging for President Trump – the sacking by President Nixon of the special prosecutor, Archibald Cox, who was investigating the Watergate scandal that brought Nixon down.”

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