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Read President Trump's letter firing FBI Director Comey

Key Points
  • Trump fired Comey on recommendations made by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions
  • Trump says he's removing Comey to restore trust in the FBI
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FBI reputation has suffered substantial damage: Sessions letter

President Donald Trump just fired FBI director James Comey on recommendations made by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

CNBC obtained the full letter of termination provided to Comey, which you can read below. In it, Trump said he appreciates that Comey told him he was not under investigation but that Comey is not able to effectively lead the bureau. Trump said that removing Comey will help restore public trust in the FBI.