The White House announces on Tuesday that FBI Director James Comey has been fired. That’s after President Donald Trump sent Comey a letter informing him of his termination.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reports Comey “accepted the recommendation of the deputy attorney general and the attorney general” who both recommended Comey’s dismissal.
Comey was appointed as FBI Director by President Barack Obama in 2013.
The White House said it will immediately launch the search for a new director.
Click here to read President Trump’s letter of termination.
Democratic Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly released a following statement on Comey’s termination:
“There are serious questions about the President’s decision to dismiss Director Comey, while he was at the center of one of the most important FBI investigations in recent memory. The American people deserve answers regarding Russia’s interference in our election. This action should not change the pace or the extent of the investigation, and it’s clearly time to appoint a special prosecutor.”