US President Donald Trump has sacked FBI Director James Comey over what he says is his handling of the probe into Hillary Clinton’s emails last year.
In a letter Trump said Comey was no longer able to lead the agency effectively and that the search for new leadership would begin immediately.
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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”.
Last week Comey told a Senate committee it made him nauseous to think his announcement to reopen the Clinton investigation may have affected the 2016 presidential election.
The timing of Comey’s dismissal has raised questions among Democrats in particular Senate leader Chuck Schumer.
“If the administration had objections to the way Director Comey handled the Clinton investigation, they had those objections the minute the president got into office. But they didn’t fire him. Then why did it happen today? We know the FBI has been looking into whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians.”
Some Democrats have even compared Trump’s move to the 1973 so called ‘Saturday Night Massacre’ when President Richard Nixon fired an independent special prosecutor investigating the Watergate scandal.
White House officials have denied allegations any political motive.