Trump’s Firing of FBI Director Complicates Already Complicated Investigation
President Donald J. Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey, a divisive figure who led the law enforcement agency through an unprecedented presidential campaign tainted by Russian hacking and an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s handling of classified emails.
The White House says Comey was dismissed based on recommendations from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein. In his letter to Comey, Trump writes: “We need to find new leadership for the FBI that restores public trust and confidence in its vital law enforcement mission.”
Andrew G. McCabe, Comey’s deputy, will run the agency while the administration seeks a new director. The FBI remains deep in an investigation into whether members of Trump’s election campaign colluded with Russian officials into disrupting the campaign through public dumps of Democratic Party emails and documents (see Comey Confirms Probe of Possible Trump-Russia Links).