So how did James Comey find out about his firing? On television like the rest of us.
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Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 10, 2017 — Donald J.
The then FBI director was speaking to agents at the FBI’s field office in Los Angeles when the news of his firing flashed on TV screens, according to a law enforcement official who was there.
Comey initially chuckled, then finished his speech, said the official who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the official wasn’t authorized to discuss the situation publicly.
BREAKING: WH statement. And AG Sessions recommendation. Letter from Trump to Comey. pic.twitter.com/BPjIJ4MVvH
President Donald Trump abruptly fired Comey on May 9, ousting the nation’s top law enforcement official in the midst of an investigation into whether Trump’s campaign had ties to Russia’s election meddling.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) In this Wednesday, May 3, 2017, photo, then-FBI Director James Comey pauses as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.
Comey has come under intense scrutiny in recent months for his public comments on an investigation into Democrat Hillary Clinton’s email practices, including a pair of letters he sent to Congress on the matter in the closing days of last year’s campaign. In a letter to Comey, Trump said the firing was necessary to restore “public trust and confidence” in the FBI.
President Donald Trump abruptly fired Comey Tuesday, dramatically ousting the nation’s top law enforcement official in the midst of an FBI investigation into whether Trump’s campaign had ties to Russia’s meddling in the election that sent him to the White House.
Comey lost the confidence of almost everyone in Washington, Republican and Democrat alike. When things calm down, they will be thanking me!
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Trump will now appoint Comey’s successor. Comey’s deputy, Andrew McCabe, takes over in the interim. The White House said the search for a replacement was beginning immediately.
— Katy Tur (@KatyTurNBC) May 9, 2017
Comey later left on a plane to return to Washington.
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