The FBI director was involved in both the investigations into Hillary Clinton’s email server – and more recently the Trump campaign’s links with Russia
Donald Trump has fired FBI director James Comey – who was leading the investigation into his campaign’s alleged links with Russia.
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In a statement, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Director Comey had been “terminated and removed from office.”
He said the decision to remove him had been based on “clear recommendations of both Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.”
The FBI is currently conducting an investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in the lead up to the election.
Attorney General Sessions announced in March that he would recuse himself from matters relating to the investigation.
His sacking followed the revelation that his testimony before congress last week about Hillary Clinton emails found on a laptop used by staffer Huma Abedin was inaccurate.
He told the hearing of the senate Judiciary Committee, Abedin had made a “regular practice” of forwarding “hundreds of thousands” of emails to her husband, disgraced ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner.
He said some of the emails contained classified information, but she forwarded them to him so he could print them out for her boss.
The FBI have since confirmed Mr Comey mis-stated what Abedin did, and what investigators found on Weiner’s laptop.
They found that only a “handful” of such emails were ever sent to Weiner’s laptop, and Abedin did not make a “regular practice” of sending them.
Comey’s announcement – two weeks before the election – that Clinton emails were found on Weiners laptop was seen as a turning point in Trump’s campaign. Clinton and her supporters blame him in part for her loss in the election.
In a letter to Director Comey, Trump said he was “not able to effectively lead” the FBI.
He added: “While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the Bureau.”