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In Firing Comey, Trump Should Have Followed His Own Example …

FBI Director James Comey apparently learned of his firing by President Donald Trump like most of us did: from the news.

At the time, Comey was speaking with bureau employees in the Los Angeles field office when he heard of his firing from a television playing in the background. The now former FBI director laughed, believing the reports were a prank. Shortly afterward, an official letter from Trump that told Comey he was fired was sent to FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The reason for Comey’s dismissal weren’t outlined in that letter, but some have offered explanations, tying the ouster to Comey’s handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton, Trump’s opponent in the 2016 election.

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As of last week, the president praised Comey for that exact case.

The FBI is currently investigating potential links between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Many people, including in the media and politicians on both side of the aisle, reacted to Comey’s firing with surprise and shock. Anyone who has ever been on either end of this unpleasant experience knows those are not the best results.

While not a perfect example of this ideal scenario, we can look at episodes of NBC’s The Apprentice for how Comey could have been let go in a better way.