President Donald Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey.
While the cause of the firing was made clear immediately, it may be tied to his testimony last week regarding Huma Abedin forwarding thousands of emails, many of which were classified, to her then husband sexual offender and former Congressman Anthony Weiner.
Comey today then partially retracted his statement to Congress, saying that only a handful of emails were sent to Weiner and only some were classified.
Here is the White House’s statement:
BREAKING: FBI Director James Comey "has been terminated and removed from office," Press Sec. Sean Spicer says in statement. pic.twitter.com/JelbCi9Pfa
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) May 9, 2017
And the official termination letter from President Trump
COMEY PINK SLIP pic.twitter.com/1C0Z58HotK
— Shannon Pettypiece (@spettypi) May 9, 2017
And here is the letter from the Deputy Attorney General laying out the case for Comey’s firing
— Zoe Tillman (@ZoeTillman) May 9, 2017
Democrats will no-doubt try to paint this as Trump trying to “cover-up” his alleged ties to Russia. The problem with that is Democrats have wanted Comey fired for months and have blamed him for costing Hillary the election.
We will keep updating this story as more facts come on!