In a surprise move, US President Donald Trump on Tuesday fired FBI Director James Comey – who was leading an investigation into alleged links between Trump’s team and Russia
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said in a statement that Comey has been ‘terminated and removed from office.’ Trump was said to have acted on “clear recommendations” from Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
In a separate letter, Rosenstein argued that it was his transgressions over the Clinton email investigation that were the cause of his dismissal, while laying out the reasons for Comey’s firing.
Comey was also accused of attempting to “usurp the attorney general’s authority” by publicly announcing why he felt the case should be closed without prosecution.
Accoring to the New York Times, James Comey thought his firing was a prank.
While addressing a group of FBI employees in Los Angeles, Comey saw a television flash news that he had been fired. In response, Comey laughed.
Shortly thereafter, a letter from Trump was delivered to the FBI’s headquarters.
Below is President Donald Trump’s full letter to James Comey terminating him from the position of FBI director, dated May 9, 2017.