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MAY 10, 2017
It's about time and there was no choice. President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey Tuesday, the White House said, moving to oust the man leading an investigation into his campaign operatives’ ties to Russia. Mr. Trump insisted he’s not part of the probe, but said he felt compelled to fire the director anyway. “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,” Mr. Trump said in a letter to Mr. Comey.
The president said a new director is needed
at the Federal Bureau of Investigation who “restores public trust and confidence”
in the agency. He said he was following the advice of his attorney
general and deputy attorney general. The White House said the search for
a replacement will begin immediately. Democrats said the firing raises
troubling questions about the current investigation into Russia and demanded
Mr. Trump take steps to make sure the probe continues without interference.
The firing is likely to intensify calls for a special prosecutor to take