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Former FBI agent weighs in on Comey firing

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The political community is abuzz with reaction following President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey. Members of Congress have mixed reviews of the Trump's action.

The FBI community is also weighing in.

Joseph Reilly, a retired FBI agent with more than 30 years with the agency, said he was "mildly surprised" by Tuesday's firing.

Reilly stopped short of giving an opinion on whether or not Trump made the right decision in canning Comey.

"I think Jim Comey put himself in a precarious situation," he said.

Reilly is referring to Comey's public handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server. In July, Comey said the probe should close without prosecution.

"The U.S. Attorney's Office makes the decision to prosecute or not, not the FBI," Reilly said.

But 11 days before the election, Comey announced the investigation was re-opened with the discovery of new emails. Trump praised Comey for the move.

Comey was also handling the investigation into whether Trump's campaign schemed with the Russians to interfere in the election.

Questions have been raised about whether that was what motivated the president's action.

"That's really silly actually, whoever is acting director after Comey is going to continue with the same investigation," Reilly said.

The timing of the decision has raised some eyebrows in Washington.

Brian Fitzpatrick, U.S. Representative and former FBI Supervisory Special Agent, released a statement Tuesday, in part, saying "In recent months, Director Comey found himself in the middle of partisan crossfire – being both praised and blamed by both parties. While the President clearly has the legal authority to remove the Director, both the timing and reasoning for his removal clearly raise questions."


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