Trump fired FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday, the White House said.
Trump’s actions to fire Comey were based on the clear recommendations of both Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, White House spokesman Sean Spicer 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 a statement.
Letter from President Trump to James Comey says the former FBI director is “not able to effectively lead the Bureau” https://t.co/PLoEHtTJDA
— NBC News (@NBCNews) May 9, 2017
A search for a new permanent FBI director will begin immediately, Spicer said.
The firing came just after the FBI confirmed Comey provided erroneous testimony to a Senate panel about how Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin handled classified emails.
Trump's firing of Comey was "one of the most staggering, stunning acts of a president compromising an investigation," Sen. Blumenthal says. pic.twitter.com/7yIWG3aHKl
— CBS News (@CBSNews) May 9, 2017
The FBI is currently conducting an investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during last year’s presidential election.
Comey also has been under fire from Democrats for months over his announcement, less than two weeks before the November election, that the FBI was reopening an e-mail investigation into Clinton.