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Donald Trump didn’t fire FBI Director Comey. This guy did!

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At the middle of the controversy surrounding recently ousted FBI Director James Comey is Keith Schiller, Director of Oval Office Operations, and also the man President Donald Trump sent to fire Comey.

It may be the most pivotal moment of a Presidency, that’s still in its infancy, and it was all captured by cameras. President Trump’s long-time aide Keith Schiller, leaving the FBI after hand-delivering the letter terminating FBI Director James Comey.

An act that put the former New York Detective, who’s usually in the background, front and center.

The press-shy father of two who once served in the NAVY joined the Trump organization as a part-time body guard in 1999. Schiller saying:

“It started as a side gig. I had a great rapport with Mr. Trump. And I still enjoy that. I have a great relationship.”

Schiller spoke about being hired in a Facebook interview with a high school friend, Rich Siegel, last year saying:

“He says, we’ll give you one month and if you work out well with Mr. Trump, you stay. And if it doesn’t work out well, you know, you two have to mesh.”

The two men did mesh and Schiller was eventually named head of security in 2005. He now serves as Trump’s Director of Oval Office Operations – a catch all title. He is one of Trump’s most trusted aides and plays multiple roles for a President who prizes loyalty. What does Schiller think about his boss?

“Great boss to work for. I’ve got nothing but good things to say about him.”

Frequently spotted by Trump’s side, the imposing 6’4” Schiller has a residence in Trump tower, and often provided muscle for the President during campaign rallies. Schiller says:

“Knowing what I’ve done over the years, I’m no stranger to putting my hands on people.”

Even if it creates controversy, a protester is suing Schiller and Trump, after Schiller punched him outside Trump Tower in 2015. Schiller also kicked Univision anchor Jorge Ramos out of a press conference in Iowa in the summer of 2015 for trying repeatedly to ask Trump about immigration.

And while Schiller is not interested in celebrity for his own right, he has found himself in the spotlight before, taking part in a staged altercation with Trump and wrestling promoter Vince McMahon in 2007.

But Schiller isn’t likely to be jumping in front of television cameras any time soon saying:

“I know my role. My role isn’t to be on camera like I am right now.”

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