President Donald Trump has sacked FBI Director James Comey amid the bureau’s investigation into members of the president’s campaign and his former national security adviser.
The immediate reason, however, was Comey’s adamant position that there was no basis to charge Hillary Clinton over her email investigation.
The White House said in a statement Trump fired Comey based on recommendations from Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Sessions and Rosenstein cited Comey’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, accusing him of “usurping” the powers of the former attorney general and announcing the investigation was closed.
Neither men mentioned the ongoing investigation into purported ties between Trump’s circle and Russia related to Moscow’s campaign to influence the 2016 presidential election through hacking and propaganda.