“Today, President Donald J. Trump informed FBI Director James Comey that he has been terminated and removed from office,” the White House statement reads. “President Trump acted based on the clear recommendations of both Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions,” the statement continues. “A search for a new permanent FBI Director will begin immediately.”
The White House has released President Donald Trump’s full letter to James Comey terminating him from the position of FBI director, dated May, 9, 2017:
Dear Director Comey:
I have received the attached letters from the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General of the United States recommending your dismissal as the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. I have accepted their recommendation and you are hereby terminated and removed from office, effective immediately.
While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the Bureau. It is essential that we find new leadership for the FBI that restores the public trust and confidence in its vital law enforcement mission.
I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors.
Donald J. Trump
Comey, 56, was appointed to head the FBI in September 2013 by then-President Barack Obama. FBI directors typically serve a 10-year term, and his firing today means that he will have only served less than four years. Prior to serving the FBI, he was a deputy attorney general and a state’s attorney.
The new acting FBI director is Andrew McCabe, who was Comey’s deputy prior to his firing. The attorney general will likely name an interim FBI director in the coming days amid the search for a permanent replacement.
The copies of the original documents released by the White House can be found here.