The news cycle was turned upside down on Tuesday when the shocking news broke about James Comey being fired from his position as director of the FBI. The Left is now enraged at Comey's firing after scapegoating him for Hillary Clinton's loss in November and the Right is elated, but in a way it is a fitting end for Comey. His career in the realm of law enforcement politics has been mired in drama from start to finish.
Here's your full timeline of the rise and fall of James Comey.
1987: Comey begins working for then-United States Attorney Rudy Giuliani. Comey was Giuliani's assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York. This was the job that eventually springboarded Comey toward the upper echelon of law enforcement.
1996: Comey starts working as assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia.
2002: Comey starts working as U.S. attorney of the Southern District of New York. During his tenure in this position, Comey made headlines for his vigorous prosecution of Martha Stewart, which was described by legal experts as a "petty and vindictive" move by Comey. Comey defended his actions at the time by stating, "I thought of my hesitation about the case due to someone being rich and famous, and how it shouldn't be that way. I decided we had to do it."
March 2004: Comey, who was then deputy attorney general, got into a standoff with the Bush administration over surveillance. Attorney General John Ashcroft was hospitalized at the time, putting Comey in the role as acting attorney general. Comey was unwilling to approve part of the Bush administration's surveillance program, which was later revealed to be Internet data mining. The Bush administration tried to get Ashcroft to overrule Comey, but Ashcroft ended up siding with Comey; both Ashcroft and Comey as well as FBI director Robert Mueller actually threatened to step down from the administration when President George W. Bush continued the program anyway, prompting Bush to halt the program temporarily.
June 2004: Comey defends the Bush administration detaining Jose Padilla without any charges being filed against him. Padilla was detained for over three years after being arrested in 2002 under suspicion of planning to launch "a radioactive dirty bomb" in the U.S. Padilla was eventually sentenced to life in prison in 2007 under separate charges.
June 2013: President Barack Obama appoints Comey to head the FBI and he is confirmed overwhelmingly by the Senate. Some members of the Left were concerned over Comey approving of the Bush administration's use of waterboarding, but at the time Comey received bipartisan support, which is ironic given that he would eventually enrage both sides of the aisle.
July 5, 2016: Comey announces that he won't recommend an indictment against Hillary Clinton over her use of a private email server. This turned Comey into a hero for the Left and a source of disdain for the Right, since Comey had given Clinton a lifeline at the time. Even though he had laid out the case to indict her, he mischaracterized the statute in question to save her.
September 29, 2016: Comey tells Congress under oath that he didn't see any reason to re-open the Clinton investigation.
October 28, 2016: Comey announces that he is re-opening the Clinton investigation. This was due to the fact that the FBI had discovered emails forwarded from Clinton onto a laptop used by the disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner, who was being investigated for sex with an underage girl. Suddenly, the Left was infuriated at Comey and the Right was overjoyed, as it was a severe blow to Clinton in the waning days of the election. But it's important to note that Comey had to make this announcement, since a month earlier he had said under oath that he had seen no reason to re-open the investigation, meaning that had he not announced it, he would have been vulnerable to perjury charges.
January 24, 2017: President Donald Trump decides to keep Comey as FBI director. Trump was all smiles when he greeted Comey, even quipping, "He’s become more famous than me."
March 2017: Comey announces that the FBI is looking into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. This was the beginning of the end for Comey, as Trump reportedly became increasingly frustrated that Comey was slow-walking the investigation.
May 2, 2017: Trump rips into Comey over Twitter. Prior to that, Clinton had blamed Comey for losing the election, prompting Trump to fire back on Twitter that Comey "was the best thing that ever happened to Hillary Clinton." The day after, White House press secretary Sean Spicer stated that Trump had "confidence in" Comey but just wanted to set the record straight on the election.
May 3, 2017: Comey defends his decision to announce the re-opening into the Clinton investigation. In response to a question from Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Comey stated that it made "me mildly nauseous to think that we might have had some impact on the election. But honestly, it wouldn't change the decision."
"Everybody who disagrees with me has to come back to October 28 with me and stare at this and tell me what you would do," Comey said. "Would you speak or would you conceal? And I could be wrong, but we honestly made a decision between those two choices that even in hindsight — and this has been one of the world's most painful experiences — I would make the same decision."
May 9, 2017: Comey is fired. There have been a myriad of theories about why Trump made the sudden move, but the most likely explanation is that Trump was simply tired of the Russia investigation dogging him in the news, as Ben Shapiro explains here.