President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday, according to a statement from the White House.
In a statement from the press office, the White House said Trump
acted on the recommendation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy
Attorney General Rod Borenstein.
“The FBI is one of our Nation’s most cherished and respected
institutions and today will mark a new beginning for our crown jewel of
law enforcement,” Trump said in a statement announcing Comey’s
In a letter to the president Tuesday, Sessions wrote that after an
evaluation, he had concluded that “a fresh start is needed at the
leadership of the FBI.”
“It is essential that this Department of Justice clearly reaffirm its
commitment to longstanding principles that ensure the integrity and
fairness of federal investigations and prosecutions,” Sessions wrote.
“The Director of the FBI must be someone who follows faithfully the
rules and principles of the Department of Justice and who sets the right
example for our law enforcement officials and others in the