'Hang in there': The FBI's deputy director sent an emotional memo to staff days after James Comey was fired

Alex Wong/GettyFBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.
  • On Wednesday, the FBI released a memo the FBI’s then-acting director, Andrew McCabe, sent staff following the firing of James Comey.
  • In the memo, McCabe said everyone in the agency “misses” Comey and that they would “get through this together.”
  • Comey’s firing was a watershed moment in the early months of Trump’s presidency.

The FBI released on Wednesday the memo then-acting Director Andrew McCabe sent the agency’s staff shortly after President Donald Trump abruptly fired James Comey last year.

In the memo, McCabe attempted to boost the morale of the agency’s employees and admitted how difficult it was for the agency to adjust to an FBI without Comey.

“Please – hang in there,” McCabe wrote. “As men and women of the FBI, we are at our best when times are tough. Please stay focused on the mission, keep doing great work, be good to each other and we will get through this together.”

“We all miss him,” McCabe added, “and I know that he misses us.”

After Trump’s decision to fire Comey amid the FBI’s ongoing investigation into the president’s alleged coordination with Russia during the 2016 election, outrage ensued. The move was heavily criticised by both Republicans and Democrats. It also prompted Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to appoint former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special prosecutor to oversee the Russia investigation.

Last June, Trump nominated Christopher Wray as the new FBI director.

Along with McCabe’s memo, the FBI also released an email from Attorney General Jeff Sessions to FBI staff on May 9 announcing Trump’s decision to fire Comey.

“The president of the United States has exercised his lawful authority to remove James B. Comey, Jr. as the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation,” Sessions wrote.

“As you well know, the FBI is an exceptional law enforcement and intelligence agency. It is made so by you, the devoted men and women who work tirelessly to keep our country safe,” he added.

Comey’s firing was a watershed moment in Trump’s presidency, largely backfiring on the president after Mueller’s appointment.

Trump continues to deny suggestions that his campaign colluded with Russian officials, calling the investigations a “witch hunt.” He has also repeatedly accused the FBI of being biased and faced pressure from Republicans to clean out its ranks and limit the scope of Mueller’s investigation.

Here’s McCabe’s letter in its entirety:

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