FBI Director James Comey has been relieved of his duties as FBI director by President Donald Trump, according to White House press secretary Sean Spicer.
“The president has accepted the recommendation of the attorney general and the deputy attorney general regarding the dismissal of the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation,” Spicer told reporters in the briefing room.
Early on May 9, the FBI sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee that stated during his testimony last week, Comey misrepresented key findings involving the email investigation surrounding Hillary Clinton.
The letter clarified that only a “small number” of emails had been forwarded to disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner, not “hundreds and thousands” like Comey claimed during his testimony.
FBI Assistant Director Gregory A. Bower wrote, “This letter is intended to supplement that testimony to ensure that the committee has the full context of what was reviewed and found on the laptop.”
Comey defended the FBI’s probe at the height of election season during last week’s hearing. During the hearing, he offered new details about what happened last fall when FBI agents found thousands of Huma Abedin’s emails on the computer of Weiner. Abedin was Clinton’s aide and is Weiner’s wife.
“Somehow, her emails were being forwarded to Anthony Weiner, including classified information,” Comey said, adding later, “His then-spouse Huma Abedin appears to have had a regular practice of forwarding emails to him for him, I think, to print out for her so she could then deliver them to the secretary of state.”
Comey also claimed Abedin “forwarded hundreds and thousands of emails, some of which contained classified information,” but those close to the investigation said that neither of those statements is true, according to the Washington Post.
With Comey’s dismissal, Trump is now the position of choosing his successor. This person will ultimately be responsible for investigating Trump’s ties to Russia and how it impacted the election.