President Trump has fired FBI director James Comey, who has been under fire from both Democrats and Republicans since the presidential election.
“The president has accepted the recommendation of the Attorney General and the deputy Attorney General regarding the dismissal of the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation,” Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters in the briefing room Tuesday afternoon.
Comey was confirmed in 2013. He has been investigating Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election and any potential collusion with the Trump campaign.
Hillary Clinton blamed his late disclosures of an investigation of her emails for her electoral loss
In a statement, the White House said that Trump had told Comey that he has been fired. No reason was provided.
The statement said that Trump had acted based on recommendations of both Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions.
“The FBI is one of our Nation’s most cherished and respected institutions and today will mark a new beginning for our crown jewel of law enforcement,” the statement said.
A search for a new permanent FBI Director will begin immediately.
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