US President Donald Trump has sent FBI director James Comey packing in a move to restore public trust according to him.
Trump said Comey who had been leading an FBI investigation into allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election was no longer able to effectively lead the law-enforcement agency.
“It is essential that we find new leadership for the FBI that restores public trust and confidence in its vital law enforcement mission,” Trump said in a letter to Comey released by the White House.
Comey’s sacking is expected to raise dust and fuel concerns about the integrity of the inquiry and renew calls for an independent investigation.
The outgoing FBI director had been embroiled in a controversy surrounding his investigation into whether Clinton’s use of a private email server while US secretary of state during Barack Obama’s first term as president compromised national security.
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