Trump fires FBI director James Comey

Comey's Claims About Huma & Hillary's Emails May Not Have Been True

He was there for a field office inspection and a recruitment event this evening that's part of the FBI's efforts to boost diversity.

"There is a lot of cleaning house that needs to be done", one official said.

"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", Trump said in the issued statement.

"The FBI is unlikely to regain public and congressional trust until it has a Director who understands the gravity of the mistakes and pledges never to repeat them", he wrote.

This comes as President Donald Trump received a recommendation both from his attorney general and his deputy attorney general.

Officials said Comey was sacked because senior Justice Department officials concluded he had violated Justice Department principles and procedures by publicly discussing the investigation of Hillary Clinton's use of private email. "The way the director handled the conclusion of the email investigation was wrong".

"Compounding the error, the director ignored another longstanding principle: We do not hold press conferences to release derogatory information about the subject of a declined criminal investigation", Rosenstein argued in his memo.

Comey's public comments about the Clinton case have been a source of public debate since he first announced last July that he would not recommend charges against anyone in connection with her use of a private server for government business.

Trump said the move, which shocked Washington, resulted from Comey's handling of an election-year email scandal last year involving then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

But the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) slammed Trump's decision, saying it was improper for him to dismiss the FBI director at a time when the bureau is investigating whether his presidential campaign team colluded with Russian Federation. The phony Trump/Russia story was an excuse used by the Democrats as justification for losing the election.

He confirmed the FBI was investigating the allegations and Russia's possible connections with Mr Trump's campaign.

"That is deeply troubling", Rosenstein wrote in his recommendation to Trump.

In the wake of those tweets, press secretary Sean Spicer said "the president has confidence in the director" on May 3.

The White House made the stunning announcement shortly after the Federal Bureau of Investigation corrected a sentence in Comey's sworn testimony on Capitol Hill last week.

I have not asked the president or the staff about that.

In a statement, the FBI Agents Association said in part that "FBI Agents should be given a voice in the process of selecting the next Director". While FBI directors are appointed to 10-year terms in order to make them nominally non-partisan, they can still be fired by the president. A former Republican, Comey served as the deputy attorney general for almost two years under President George W. Bush.

Sen. Sherrod Brown released a statement saying that Comey's tenure was "marred by questionable judgment".

"That night was probably the most hard night of my professional life", Comey said.

SPICER: I have no reason to believe - I haven't asked him.

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