Former FBI Director James Comey sent a letter to his former colleagues on Wednesday, encouraging them not to dwell on his abrupt firing by President Donald Trump.

The letter, obtained by CNN’s Shimon Prokupecz, also urges Comey’s old FBI staff to continue the agency’s mission of “protecting the American people and upholding the Constitution.”

“I’m not going to spend time on the decision or the way it was executed,” Comey said in the letter. “I hope you won’t either. It is done, and I will be fine, although I will miss you and the mission deeply.”

He continued: “My hope is that you will continue to live our values and the mission of protecting the American people and upholding the Constitution. If you do that, you too will be sad when you leave, and the American people will be safer.”

Trump unexpectedly fired Comey Tuesday evening, immediately raising suspicions that the president was attempting to stifle the FBI’s ongoing investigation into Trump’s possible collusion with Russia during the 2016 election. Subsequent reports claimed that Comey had asked the White House last week for more resources for the investigation, and that the investigation was “accelerating.”


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