FBI director James Comey’s unprecedented decision to inject himself into the 2016 presidential election is believed by many to have swung the election to Donald Trump. Statistical analysis appears to bear this theory out, and Comey’s actions are now under review by the Inspector General of the Justice Department.
It comes as no surprise then that Trump has reportedly asked Comey to continue on as FBI director. According to the New York Times, Comey “told his top agents from around the country that he had been asked by President Trump to stay on the job running the federal government’s top law enforcement agency.”
As reported here and elsewhere, a number of investigations are underway into alleged ties between Trump’s top advisers and Russia, including investigations led by the FBI.
Trump and Comey met this weekend at the White House, following Trump’s inauguration. As recounted by the Washington Post, “Trump greeted Comey warmly at a White House reception…shaking the FBI director’s hand, patting him on the back and remarking, ‘He’s become more famous than me.’”
While FBI directors can be removed by the office of the president, it is worth noting that they typically serve ten-year terms in office. Comey’s initial ten-year term has not yet expired, so there could be a benign reason for Trump’s decision to stay on as Director. We can only hope this is the case.