WASHINGTON (AP) — Former FBI Director James Comey says in a farewell letter that he does not plan to dwell on the decision to fire him or the “way it was executed.”
He says in the letter that although he’ll be fine, he will miss the FBI and its mission “deeply.”
The letter circulated among Comey friends and colleagues. It was posted online by CNN Wednesday night and a person who had seen the note confirmed the online version was authentic.
Comey also says that “in times of turbulence, the American people should see the FBI as a rock of competence, honesty, and independence.”
He says that “it’s very hard to leave a group of people who are committed only to doing the right thing.”
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.