President Donald J. Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey, the White announced Tuesday.
Trump acted based on the clear recommendations of both Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, according to a press release.
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“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 the release.
A search for a new permanent FBI director will begin immediately, the release said.
UPDATE @ 11:13 p.m.
UPDATE @ 9:40 p.m.
Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Niles, compared Comey’s firing to President Richard Nixon’s 1973 decision to dismiss U.S. Attorney General Elliott Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus.
In a tweet, Ryan said, “Nixon had the Saturday Night Massacre. Now Trump is following suit w/Tuesday afternoon massacre.”
Ryan called for a special investigation to probe potential ties between Trump’s campaign last year and the Russian government.
But Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, said Comey’s time at the FBI was “capped by a mishandled email investigation criticized by Democrats and Republicans alike. It's time for new leadership at the FBI.”
UPDATE @ 7:51 p.m.
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, released the following statement in response to the firing of Comey:
Comey’s “tenure as FBI director has been marred by questionable judgment. I want to learn more about the reasons behind his removal. At the same time, the president firing the FBI Director in the middle of an investigation into the White House’s ties to Russia raises serious questions about the independence of the FBI and the integrity of the ongoing investigation.”
Brown called on President Trump to “nominate a replacement with an independent record that is beyond reproach. Now more than ever, we need an independent investigation into Russian ties to ensure the American people can have full confidence in the findings.”
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