Trump fires FBI Director James Comey
The White House confirmed Comey's firing Tuesday afternoon and Trump informed the FBI chief in a letter.
"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," Trump said in a letter to Comey.
The president said he acted on "clear" recommendations from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
"I have accepted their recommendation and you are hereby terminated and removed from office, effective immediately," Trump's letter stated. "It is essential that we find new leadership for the FBI that restores public trust and confidence in its vital law enforcement mission."
The White House said the search to replace Comey, the bureau's chief since 2013, will begin immediately. ■