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FBI Director’s Firing Shows Lack Of Leadership

FBI Director’s Firing Shows Lack Of Leadership

Are you happy now?  We’ve been accused more than once of supporting President Trump.  The horror……we generally support the President of the United States.

But in the James Comey firing he was wrong.

A lawyer by trade, James Comey became the Director of the FBI in 2013 and I hope the history books get it right.  It should go down as the hardest job that any person could have done in the last four years.

Can you imagine walking the tight rope that Comey has had to walk.  From the Hillary Clinton investigation to telling Loretta Lynch, the Attorney General, that he was calling a press conference to discuss his findings on the Clinton investigation but he was not going to tell her.  She would find out when the rest of America found out.

Comey had guts and he was in a no win situation.  Democrats hated him.  Republicans hated him and ultimately President Trump got sideways with him enough to fire him.

There is something about all of those politicians hating him that makes me kind of like him.

At the end of the day, the tight rope was breaking and the eventual happened.  President Trump fired Director Comey and this is where I disagree with the President.

Don’t get me wrong, President Trump has the right to fire “at will” employees all day long.  Any president deserves to work with whoever he chooses and the man or woman that is to lead the FBI is certainly very important so it is not the firing that I disagree with.

It is the way President Trump handled the firing.

Reports indicate that Comey found out about his firing by watching television and that goes against every leadership trait and commons sense I can think of.

President Trump used to be Businessman Trump and he certainly knows better.  It was bad judgement and poor leadership and every police officer reading this knows this because this happens to be what we like to do in law enforcement.

I dare say, that many reading this has seen personnel changes where the last person to know was, you guessed it, the person getting the change.

Law enforcement leadership can do better and President Trump can do better.  We owe those that have given their life to public service more and it is my hope that maybe, just maybe, law enforcement leaders will actually lead and look their officers in the eye whether it’s good news or bad news.


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Travis Yates is a writer and editor at Law Officer. An ILEETA Trainer of the Year, his Seminars in Risk Management & Officer Safety have been taught across the United States & Canada. Major Yates is a current Doctoral Student in Strategic Leadership and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He is the Director of Training for SAFETAC Training ( and the Founder of the Courageous Leadership Institute (, providing leadership consulting and training to law enforcement around the world.