If You Thought You Had A Bad Day, Comey Had A Worse One

If You Thought You Had A Bad Day, Comey Had A Worse One

Comey found out he was fired by a television report before receiving the letter from Trump.​
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This is F.B.I. Director James Comey. If you thought you had a bad day, he had a worse one. Comey found out he was fired by a television report before receiving the letter from Trump.


Comey was fired Tuesday by President Trump, a move that shocked Democrats and Republicans alike.

He was in a Los Angeles field office speaking to F.B.I. agents, Fox News said, when the word of his dismissal broke on television.

Comey "laughed, thinking it was a prank," CNBC said. He finished speaking with the agents before stepping into an office.

Shortly after his speech, the F.B.I. Headquarters in Washington, D.C. received a letter from Trump which notified Comey of his termination.

The letter was hand delivered to F.B.I. Headquarters, CNN's Wolf Blitzer said on Wednesday, despite Trump knowing that Comey was not in Washington, D.C.

Trump cited that Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein recommended Comey's termination to restore Americans faith and trust in the F.B.I.

In a three-page memo to Trump from Rosenstein, published by CNN, Rosenstein said, "The Director was wrong to usurp the Attorney General [Loretta Lynch''s authority on July 5, 2016....There is a well-established process for other officials to step in when a conflict requires the recusal of the Attorney General." Rosenstein continued, "On July 5, however, the Director announced his own conclusions about the nation's most sensitive criminal investigation, without the authorization of duly appointed Justice Department leaders."

Many Americans, especially Hillary Clinton supporters, disliked Comey when he reopened the investigation on Clinton's State Department emails in October 2016, weeks before the presidential election. A move which many argue influenced the election in favor of Trump.

"I cannot defended the Directors's handling of the conclusion of the investigation of Secretary Clinton's emails, and I do not understand his refusal to accept the nearly universal judgment that he was mistaken," Rosenstein said.

The White House has begun a search for his replacement, CNBC said.

Comey is the third to be fired by Trump, The New York Times said, preceded by acting Attorney General Sally Yates and National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Author's note: for a man who built his fame on firing people, I would think Trump would have fired Comey in person rather than a television report preceded by a letter. It was kind of dick move.

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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Synagogue Shooting In Pittsburgh Is A Display Of Much Larger Problems

The shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue took place during the bris of a twins belonging to a gay couple. This isn't just a display of antisemitism, it's the result of bigger issues.

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It seems to have become a common series of events. A mass shooting happens, people react on social media, hashtags begin to trend, arguments ensue over gun control, and soon everyone forgets. It's a series of events that's too common. People being killed in mass amounts isn't something that should arise a nonchalant response in anyone. Yet, I'm worried that will soon be the case. From Charleston to Paris to Orlando, this kind of horror needs to stop.

I'm speaking of course about the recent shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA. It took place during the bris of a set of twins belonging to a gay couple. The gunman told police he "wanted all Jews to die." This was an extreme and disturbing display of antisemitism that left eleven people dead. The assailant, Robert D. Bowers, has been indicted on 44 criminal counts. This has become the deadliest attack against Jewish people in United States history.

So far, the series of events seems to be going as expected. People reacted predictably on social media. I tried to do them one better by sharing a GoFundMe page created to benefit the survivors and the victims' families. Donations will be sent directly to the Tree of Life Congregation. I figured it was better than posting the typical "thoughts and prayers" response. I understand that most people who post messages like that have good intentions. But the truth is, that helps nobody.

It also doesn't help anyone to encourage an exclusionary mentality. There were protesters who felt President Trump shouldn't be welcome in Pittsburgh. The President wanted to show up to pay his respects. People criticize the President for not being presidential. Then when he wants to do something presidential, they try to stop him. It makes no sense to me.

I respect people's right to protest, but I think it shows a real lack of self-awareness to protest such a thing. The response to unkindness should not be more unkindness. Don't we all want change for the better? How do we expect to get anywhere by shutting someone out? I don't care who he is or what he's done. All that the protesters were doing was putting more negative energy into the universe.

I'm not unaware that mass killings have been happening far too often these days. I think the spike in such attacks has a lot to do with the current political climate. There is an intense frustration among people for several reasons. Some don't want to listen to those with an opinion different from their own. They would rather live in an echo chamber. These people cut friends and family out of their life because they share opposing political views. People are judged by their politics much harsher these days. It has become the key to whether or not you're a good person according to some. The point is, this kind of judgment leads to inevitable isolation. And if you're isolated for much of the time, that isn't good for your mental health.

Another mistake some people make is politicizing these attacks. Fighting over whether the issue is gun control or mental health will not solve the problem. I think the problem isn't so black and white. I think both statements can be true at once. The problem is both gun control and mental health. I think there needs to be stricter gun laws, but I think people are deluded if they assume that will solve the apparent shooting epidemic. People break laws all the time. Just like people smuggle illegal drugs into the country, they will do the same with weapons.

I also think we need to pay attention to the way we treat mental health as a society. I think the stigma surrounding mental health is unacceptable. People should not be encouraged to keep their issues bottled up. They should not be shamed for seeking help via a therapist or medication. It's a move that should be respected and treated with care. I think those who want to purchase a gun should be required to undergo a psychological evaluation prior to purchasing. They should also have to undergo routine psychological evaluations throughout the duration of their ownership of the gun. I don't think this is too much to ask. I think this will create stricter gun laws and place a much needed focus on mental health.

The bottom line is, we need to start respecting each other more. We can't put people in boxes based on things like race, religion, gender, or sexuality. We can't cut people out of our lives just because they disagree with us. We can't shame those who are mentally ill and want to seek help. Tragic times like this call for all of us to wake up. We need to pay attention to the way we treat those in our lives. Even the smallest sign of respect and care could cause this common series of events to become not so common after all.

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