US President Donald Trump has sacked FBI chief James Comey on the recommendation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
The surprise move comes on the day it emerged that Comey gave inaccurate information about Hillary Clinton’s emails to Congress last week.
Comey told lawmakers that Clinton’s top aide, Huma Abedin, had forwarded “hundreds and thousands” of classified emails to her then-husband.
But the agency’s assistant director of Congressional Affairs, Gregory Brower, said in a letter to the congressional committee “Ms Abedin only sent two email chains containing classified information to her husband for printing”.
During the hearing Comey had also admitted that it made him “nauseous” to think his announcement to reopen the investigation may have affected the 2016 presidential election.
In a letter Trump said Comey was unable “to effectively lead the agency” and the search for a new FBI head would begin immediately.
Sean Spicer's statement on dismissing FBI Director James Comey pic.twitter.com/fwhFHoWZsW— Deplorable Zilla 🇺🇸 (@deplorablezilla) May 9, 2017
Comey had also been leading an inquiry into alleged links between the Trump election campaign and Russia.