Washington, D.C. — President Donald Trump has fired FBI Director James Comeyâ€”a move that comes as the FBI is probing contacts between Trump’s campaign aides and Russian officials ahead of last year’s presidential election. In his place, Mr. Trump has named himself as the acting Director of the FBI.
“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,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters Tuesday afternoon. “And in his place, as you might expect, the President has named himself as the director of the FBI.”
Former Director James Comey was fired as he is leading a counterintelligence investigation to determine whether associates of President Trump may have coordinated with Russia to meddle with the presidential election last year. That probe began quietly last July but has now become the subject of intense debate in Washington. It is unclear how Comey’s dismissal will affect that investigation.
According to White House insiders, Mr. Trump is excited about his new role given that he is a huge fan of television police dramas.