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In a surprise move Tuesday evening, President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.
The White House says “a search for a new permanent FBI Director will begin immediately.” In a letter to Comey, the president says, “It is essential that we find new leadership for the FBI that restores public trust and confidence in its vital law enforcement mission.”
The dismissal comes amid an investigation into Russia’s meddling in the U.S. election and after Comey revised his testimony regarding the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails.
Comey’s dismissal raises questions about how the Russia investigation will be handled going forward. It’s also not clear how the Senate — which overwhelmingly approved Comey for a 10-year appointment in 2013 — will respond to the president’s decision and his proposed replacement for Comey.
- Susan Hennessey Fellow, Brookings Institute; former National Security Administration attorney.
- Tim Weiner Pulitzer prize winning journalist; author of "Enemies: A History of the FBI" and "Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA."
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