Local retired FBI agent comments on Comey's firing

Retired FBI agent comments on Comey's firing (WKRC)

VILLA HILLS, Ky. (WKRC) -- A retired FBI agent wasn't completely surprised when President Trump fired James Comey, but he was surprised by how it happened.

Walter Wright worked at the FBI for 25 years in the financial crimes division and retired in 2008.

"The timing of it leaves a lot of questions," Wright said of Comey's firing. "He should have been called in for a meeting and told hey, we're going to terminate you and this is the reason."

Comey found out he was fired from television news as he addressed agents at the L.A. field office.

Wright said he and other agents met with Comey last year and one agent asked Comey about the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails.

"He was very forthright and very articulate in saying I am determined to keep the politics out of this investigation. He said we are going to seek the truth to wherever it leads," Wright recalled.

Wright said he did not agree with Comey's handling of the Clinton investigation, specifically the press conference last July in which he said Clinton and her aides were "extremely careless" in their handling of classified information but wouldn't be prosecuted.

Wright wasn't involved in the investigation, but said he believed there was enough evidence to move forward and the Dept. of Justice should have made the decision about whether to prosecute - not Comey.

He also believed the Clinton Foundation should have been investigated.

"Of course, I'm not working anymore but the people I've talked to with respect to Comey I hadn't gotten the feeling that people were unhappy wtih him or lost confidence in him," Wright said.

Wright also said he did not lose confidence in Comey's ability to lead the FBI.

FBI director Andrew McCabe told a Senate committee Thursday that Comey had the confidence of the rank and file.

"Director Comey enjoyed broad support within the FBI, and still does to this day," McCabe said.

While Wright has disagreed with Comey at times, he said he disagreed with President Trump calling Comey a "showboat."

"I thought the guy was pretty articulate. He's got a bit of a flair, he's a really good speaker. I wouldn't call it showboating and grandstanding," Wright said.

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