Analysis: Donald Trump's decision to fire James Comey means the campaign won't end There are billions of articles on it, I just picked one from a source I don't always use. Why did Trump fire the man now? Does the secret lie in Comey's personality? Comey seems an interesting man. Let's see if my take on him is right. Comey was appointed by Obama then contradicted him by seeming to out Hillary on the email thing. BUT, Comey did not want to prosecute Hillary. Since he picked a middle ground I figure Comey couldn't stand what Hillary did with the emails but also felt it either was not critical or did not think he could win a case. Gonzales Hospital Episode Detailed Previously Comey was involved in some episode where he helped prevent John Ashcroft from being bullied (or allowed) to sign off on extending some kind of unconstitutional surveillance order during the big government surveillance hey day following 9-11. So there is a law enforcement officer Comey, coming out on the side of civil liberty during the Bush W administration. Do I have these right? What else do I need to know about Comey and what was Trump up to?